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Rebel MPs queer pitch for Punjab, Haryana parties

IANS  |  Chandigarh 

Nearly one-third of the sitting Members of Parliament (MPs) in and have turned "rebels" in this against the parties with which they won the 2014 polls.

Four sitting MPs in have floated new parties and are indulging in activities against parties they were elected from in May 2014.

Aam (AAP) from Patiala, Dharamvira Gandhi, has floated the Manch. The new political outfit has joined the Punjab Democratic Alliance (PDA), which includes six other smaller parties. Gandhi has been declared the

Gandhi -- a popular in Patiala -- and sitting AAP from Fatehgarh were suspended from the party in May 2015 for "anti-party activities". Both have been under suspension ever since.

The AAP had won four out of 13 seats in Punjab in 2014, and two of its MPs have turned "rebels".

The sitting (SAD) from Ferozepur Lok Sabha seat, Sher Singh Gubhaya, too has been criticising the party leadership for the last three years. He formally joined the party earlier this month. His son is a sitting in the state.

Senior leader Ranjit Singh Brahmpura, who is the sitting MP from the Khadoor Sahib seat, was expelled from the party in November for "anti-party activities". He and other senior Akali leaders, Rattan Singh Ajnala and Sewa Singh Sekhwan, have floated a new party -- the (Taksali).

Punjab's ruling Congress, which has four MPs, has not experienced similar rebellion in the ranks of its sitting MPs.

In neighbouring Haryana, from Kurukshetra, Raj Kumar Saini, has not only been critical of the party's central and state leadership for over four years but has also gone ahead and floated a new party -- the (LSP).

Dushyant Chautala, the from Hisar, who was elected in 2014 on an Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) ticket, has floated a new party -- the (JJP).

The JJP, in its very first political outing just weeks after its formation, performed well in the recent Jind assembly seat bypoll. Dushyant's brother, Digvijay Chautala, finished second in the contest behind the BJP candidate.

The finished a poor third despite a strong leader like Randeep Surjewala being fielded by the party. The INLD, which had won the seat twice earlier, lost its security deposit.

The sitting from the Sirsa Lok Sabha seat, Charanjit Singh Rori, courted controversy last month after an announcement was made regarding his joining the JJP. However, he was back in the INLD fold.

At least four sitting BJP MPs in -- (Karnal), Dharambir Singh (Bhiwani-Mahendergarh), (Ambala) and -- have, in the past, spoken against the BJP leadership and the BJP government in headed by However, they have not openly rebelled against the party.

The parties in both states are now looking to field new candidates for these seats.



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First Published: Wed, March 13 2019. 14:34 IST