Akali leader joins Congress in Punjab

New Delhi, Jan 8 (IANS) A Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader Ranjit Singh Nikra on Sunday joined the Congress in Punjab ahead of the February 4 elections to the 117-member assembly.

Nikra, a national political advisor in the Akali Dal and Director of Punjab Agro Food Grain Corporation, has been appointed as Chairman of the Anti-Narcotics Cell of the Congress’s state unit.

Punjab Congress chief Captain Amarinder Singh welcomed Nikra, who hails from Patiala, to the party fold, saying this was “another shot in the arm for the Congress and a sign of the total collapse of SAD”.