- Ashok Tanwar represented Sirsa parliamentary constituency in the Lok Sabha from 2009 to 2014
- Tanwar was considered to be a close aide of Rahul Gandhi. He had quit the Congress in 2019
- He had served as the president of the Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee from 2014 to 2019
Former Haryana Congress chief and Rahul Gandhi's close aide Ashok Tanwar who had joined the Trinamool Congress in November last year, on Monday joined the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).
Ashok Tanwar's decision to join the AAP is seen as a big boost to the Arvind Kejriwal-led party in Haryana. He was inducted in the party in the presence of AAP national convenor Arvind Kejriwal in Delhi.
Tanwar represented Sirsa parliamentary constituency (Haryana) in the Lok Sabha from 2009 to 2014. He, however, lost in 2014 to INLD's Charanjeet Singh Rori.
Tanwar, the convenor of Apna Bharat Morcha (a political outfit he floated to give an alternative for raising issues), served as the president of the Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee from 2014 to 2019. Tanwar had also served as the president of the Indian Youth Congress and NSUI. He was the youngest person to become the president of the Indian Youth Congress.
Joining of Tanwar is expected to come as a shot in the arm of the AAP with the party working on the expansion of its base in Haryana in view of the assembly polls in 2024. Several local leaders from the Congress, BJP and other parties recently joined the AAP since the party's landslide victory in Punjab.