"We are happy that the People's Party of Punjab (PPP) under Manpreet Singh Badal has today merged with INC," the Congress announced on Twitter.
Punjab Congress chief Captain Amarinder Singh and former chief minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal had reportedly welcomed the idea of the Congress-PPP merger.
"We are happy that Manpreet-ji joined us. His entire party met Rahul-ji. We are starting our campaign on a good note," the Congress tweets quoted Captain Amarinder Singh as saying.