Chandigarh: In a major jolt to the Congress, especially chief of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, Captain Amarinder Singh, his younger brother Malwinder Singh on Saturday quit the party and joined the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD).

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Malwinder expressed his dissatisfaction over being denied of ticket for Samana assembly seat which he claimed to have represented for the last 35 years. The Congress refused to give ticket to Malwinder from Samana and nominated Amarinder's son Raninder.

Earlier on Friday, he had announced his decision to field as an independent candidate from the Samana constituency but later on Saturday at around 4pm he along with Sukhbir Singh Badal entered the party office and announced his decision to quit the Congress and join SAD.

Addressing the media, Malwinder said, “I have not joined with any precondition and I will not contest in this election from anywhere.” When asked, what he will do if Akali Dal asks him to contest, he said, “If party will ask, then only I will contest.”

He was quick to add, “Captain Amarinder Singh is my elder brother and I will not speak anything against him.” He further informed that he would not campaign against his brother Amarinder Singh from Patiala Urban constituency, and sister-in-law Karan Brar from Muktsar constituency.

“I have left the party, not the family,” Malwinder said.

He, however, refused to answer that why the Congress refused to give him ticket from Samana. But later, without taking any name, he pointed out that his elder sister-in-law and Union Minister Perneet Kaur, wife of Amarinder spoilt his chances in securing a ticket from Congress.

Malwinder had demanded ticket from Samana seat on which his elder brother said that Samana seat belongs to Brahm Mohindra. Malwinder then asked ticket from Patiala Rural seat but Parneet with the help of Congress high command managed to nominate Raninder Singh from the seat (son of Amarinder and Parneet).

(JPN/Bureau)