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Former AAP MP Dharamvira Gandhi joins Congress; likely to contest Lok Sabha election from Patiala

Dharamvira Gandhi had won 2014 Lok Sabha election as an AAP candidate by defeating Preneet Kaur from Patiala

Former AAP MP Dharamvira Gandhi joins Congress; likely to contest Lok Sabha election from Patiala

Former Patiala AAP MP Dharamvir Gandhi joins Congress in the presence of party leaders Pawan Khaira, Pratap Bajwa and others, in New Delhi on Monday. Tribune Photo: Mukesh Aggarwal



Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 1

Former Patiala MP Dharamvira Gandhi on Monday joined the Congress. He was welcomed by senior leaders of the party at the AICC headquarters here.

Gandhi, who joined the Congress ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, is likely to contest as the party candidate from Patiala seat.

A cardiologist by training, Gandhi won the Lok Sabha election as an AAP candidate in 2014 by defeating Preneet Kaur.

Gandhi quit the AAP in 2016 and formed his own party Nawan Punjab Party. He merged the party with the Congress on Monday.

Pawan Khera, AICC in-charge for Punjab, Devendra Yadav, Punjab Congress chief Amarinder Singh Raja Warring and CLP leader Pratap Singh Bajwa were present in Gandhi's joining function and welcomed him to Congress.

Bajwa said the Congress will benefit by Gandhi's decision to join the party. Warring said a medical doctor joining the the party is a welcome development.

Gandhi said he had a burning desire to work for people and he joined the AAP with this goal in his mind. However, he soon got fed up with the "high command culture" of AAP and left the party.

Gandhi said the Bharat Jodo Yatra by Rahul Gandhi, which spread the message of love and brotherhood, prompted him to join the Congress.

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