In a state where the BJP is still attempting to establish its footing without longtime ally Akali Dal. Jakhar would be a formidable Hindu face with no baggage for the party. Despite the fact that he comes from a prominent Jat family. However, Jakhar has the backing of other communities in the state.
Sunil Jakhar leaves congress behind
Jakhar had questioned Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s handling of party affairs and expressed sadness about his show-cause notice. After 50 years of association with the party in a fiery address spanning more than half an hour.
He also chastised senior Congress figures such as Ambika Soni, Harish Rawat, the previous Punjab affairs in-charge, and Harish Chaudhary, the current in-charge. Jakhar had warned the Gandhi family to avoid “sycophants” and to lead the charge to resurrect the Congress. Claiming it had been reduced from “khaat pe charcha” to “khatiya.”
On April 11, the three-time MLA and one-time MP was given a show-cause notice. For “not toeing the party line” and making statements about the party’s top leadership. In a week, Jakhar was due to respond to the notification. He, on the other hand, never reacted to the notification and maintained that instead of issuing the notice. The party’s top leadership should have spoken to him.
Jakhar had indicated in announcing his resignation that his links with the Congress were severed the day he received the notice, but that he had delayed to make the formal announcement because of his lengthy association with the party and his personal ties with Rahul Gandhi.