Former cricketer Dinesh Mongia, a resident of Punjab and who played limited overs international games for India has joined the BJP. At a ceremony in the Party’s Delhi office, Mongia took a primary membership of the party. He will most probably start his political innings from Punjab where assembly elections will be held in a few months.
In the 2017 Punjab Assembly elections, the Congress won an absolute majority of 77 seats and ousted the Shiromani Akali Dal-BJP government after 10 years. The Aam Aadmi Party became the second largest winning party and won 20 seats out of the 117 seats. The Shiromani Akali Dal won 15 seats while the BJP managed to win only 3 seats.
This year, the electoral battle for the ruling Congress in Punjab is going to be a tough one unlike the last time when it won by a comfortable margin. After the exit of former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, the party is facing pressure from both the Aam Aadmi Party and the BJP.