Punjab news: In a major setback to the Congress ahead of the Assembly elections in Punjab in 2022, Jagroop Singh Gill, a close aide of Punjab Finance Minister Manpreet Badal, on Monday joined the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).
Jarnail Singh, AAP in-charge of Punjab affairs, made this announcement during a press conference in Chandigarh on Monday.
Jagroop Singh Gill has been a councillor of the Bathinda Municipal Corporation for six consecutive terms. In February, Congress’ Jagroop Singh Gill continued his winning streak for the seventh time after winning by a margin of 414 votes from ward 48 in Bathinda.
With a clear majority in the House, Jagroop Singh Gill was the front-runner and the main contender for the post of Mayor in the Bathinda MC. A lawyer, Jagroop Singh Gill got elected as a councillor for the first time in 1979, then again won in 1989, 1992, 1997, 2008, 2015 and now in 2021.
Manpreet Badal's close aide Jagroop Singh Gill had also held the posts of the Chairman of the Bathinda Improvement Trust, vice-president and president of the civic body and the president of the District Bar Association in the past.
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