Punjab Cong MLA Harjot Kamal Joins BJP After Moga Ticket Goes to Sonu Sood’s Sister Malvika
As the Congress in Punjab overlooked Moga MLA Dr Harjot Kamal and formally gave the poll ticket from his constituency to actor Sonu Sood’s younger sister Malvika Sood, Kamal joined the saffron party. He went to the state BJP office in Chandigarh on Saturday, where the formal induction took place. He shared a live video of him joining the BJP around 5 pm on Facebook.
This came even as chief minister Charanjit Singh Channi and state Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu had both declared that Kamal would be “suitably adjusted”. Sidhu and Channi had personally inducted Malvika, who is a local philanthropist, into the party in the presence of her brother Sonu.
Even before the Congress inducted her and made her the official party candidate, Malvika had already declared that she would contest the assembly election from her hometown Moga. After that, there was speculation over whether she would join the AAP or Congress.
She is being seen as a proxy for Sonu, who gained social capital across the country after helping migrant workers reach their homes after the sudden Covid-induced lockdown in 2020.
As for Kamal, he had already started asserting himself in light of speculation that Malvika would replace him for the 2022 assembly elections, scheduled for February 14. On January 12, before Malvika’s name was formally announced, he openly wrote on his Twitter account in Punjabi: “I love Moga. From Moga, amid speculation that a filmstar’s sister may be given the Congress ticket, common people of Moga on social media have been underlining my honesty and generosity. The people have been appealing to the high command to give me the ticket.”
He also tweeted some videos of him addressing people; in the background, a popular Punjabi song played, roughly translating to ‘They’ve been trying to suppress me, but I am not one of those who can be suppressed’.
However, on Twitter, last checked at 6.30 pm on Saturday, he still had a cover photo of him greeting Channi and Sidhu.