Ex-Punjab chief minister Beant Singh's daughter defects to BJP ahead of polls

New Delhi, IndiaUpdated: Jan 14, 2017, 05:30 PM IST

Gurkanwal Kaur accused the Congress for failing to recognise her work and ignoring her. Photograph:(ANI)

Former Punjab chief minister Beant Singh's daughter Gurkanwal Kaur joined the BJP Saturday ahead of the crucial regional elections in India's northern Punjab state.

Kaur was a former minister of state for social welfare as well as parliamentary secretary in the Amarinder Singh government from 2002 to 2007.

Kaur said she left Congress because they failed to recognise her work. 



She said she was "impressed with the policies of the Narendra Modi-led federal BJP government".


Meanwhile, cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Sidhu defected from the BJP last September and is rumoured to join the Congress soon.

"Sidhu will join Congress in a day or two. He has a big responsibility as he will canvass for the party across the state as a star campaigner," Sidhu's wife Navjot Kaur said on Friday.

Meanwhile, former Indian Army chief General Joginder Jaswant Singh also joined the BJP recently and is campaigning for the party in the state.

Punjab is set for a three-way fight between SAD-BJP combine, the Congress and new entrants AAP. The state goes to polls on February 4.