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Former Punjab Minister Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi, Who Recently Joined BJP, Gets ‘Z’ Security

Sodhi, an MLA from Guru Har Sahai in Ferozpur district joined Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on December 21 ahead of the Punjab Assembly elections which are slated for early next year.

Former Congress leader from Punjab Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi joins BJP at party headquarters in New Delhi on Dec 21, 2021. (Courtesy: Twitter/ BJP)

New Delhi: Punjab MLA Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi, who recently joined the BJP from Congress has been given ‘Z’ category security in Delhi and Punjab, said a Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) official on Wednesday.

“We have provided Z category security to Sodhi in Delhi and Punjab. He was given security on December 26,” said senior MHA official.

Sodhi, an MLA from Guru Har Sahai in Ferozpur district joined Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on December 21 ahead of the Punjab Assembly elections which are slated for early next year.

He was a senior Congress leader and a close aide to former Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh.

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Sodhi announcing his resignation from Congress on Twitter wrote, “I cannot accept Punjab’s suffocation and helplessness! Congress party has put state’s security and communal harmony at stake. With deep agony, I put forth my resignation from all posts & primary membership of Congress party with immediate effect.”

In the presence of Union Ministers, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat and Bhupender Yadav, the former shooter and minister in Capt Amarinder Singh-led government joined the BJP and said, “I’ve taken this decision in the best interest of Punjab. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP can save Punjab.”

There are a total of 76 protectees under various categories of security provided by the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) under the guidelines of MHA.

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