SAD says expelled Akali leaders forming new front to help Congress party
The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) today said expelled Akali leaders were playing into the hands of the Congress party by forming a front at the instance of the latter to weaken the SAD and the Sikh Panth.
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In a statement here, former ministers and senior Vice Presidents of SAD Nirmal Singh Kahlon and Gulzar Singh Ranike said the latest announcement of expelled leaders Ranjit Brahmpura, Sewa Sekhwan and Rattan Ajnala that they would reach out to Sukhpal Khaira was proof that the new outfit being planned by the trio was destined to be a Congress front. “Khaira himself is a Congress tout and by joining hands with him the expelled leaders have also proved to be Congress stooges who are ever ready to do what their new political masters order”.
Mr Kahlon and Mr Ranike said the expelled Akalis were fond of extolling their panthic credentials. They said how could any panthic leader ever shake hands with the likes of Sukhpal Khaira. They said Khaira had spent 19 out of his 22 year political life in the Indira Congress and had supported the attack on Sri Darbar Sahib and never demanded action against Delhi butchers Jagdish Tytler and Sajjan Kumar who were responsible for the 1984 Sikh massacres.
The senior Akali leaders said it was surprising that the expelled ‘tigri ‘ was trying to befool people by stating that they were fighting ‘parivarvad’ in the Akali Dal. “If this is so why were sons of all three expelled leaders sitting in the press conference? Isn’t it true that the sons of the expelled leaders are running the political affairs of their fathers and have been openly designated as their heir apparents?” The SAD leaders said Brahmpura was not touched by incidents of sacrilege when he pressurised SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal to field his son Ravinder Brahmpura as Akali candidate for the Khadoor Sahib by poll after the seat was vacated by Ramandeep Sikki on the grave issue of sacrilege of Sri Guru Granth Sahib. “Similarly Sekhwan did have any qualms to make his politically immature son Chairman of the Kahnuwan Market Committee instead of giving this post to a Taksali worker. Why did both leaders ignore Taksali workers to benefit their sons?, they asked.
Stating that the three leaders had backstabbed their mother party for different reasons, the Mr Kahlon and Mr Ranike said the paramount one was greed as they had done a deal with the Congress party. “These leaders foolishly believe that they are bigger than the SAD and will deliver the party to the Congress for which they have been promised a big prize including adjustment of their sons. The truth is that sons of all three leaders are their Achilles heal. All three sons are corrupt and discredited and hated by the Akali rank and file. This is why all three leaders are now looking at the Congress party to get their sons adjusted in politics”, the Akali leaders added.
Speaking about the political track record of the expelled leaders, the senior Akalis said Sekhwan had lost four consecutive assembly elections in a row. They said despite this Sekhwan was adjusted as Chairman of the Punjab Technical Education Board with cabinet rank. “Brahmpura himself, who had earlier even shifted to the SAD (Amritsar) in an earlier opportunistic move, had lost the 2012 assembly polls pathetically when the SAD won the second assembly election on the trot. Even then he pressurised the party president and was able to secure the 2014 Lok Sabha ticket after denying the nomination to fellow rebel Rattan Ajnala”.
Stating that the people had seen through the greed and opportunism of the discredited leaders, the SAD said they were now clutching for straws because they had been shunned by the Akali rank and file. “Brahmpura’s much touted show of strength at Chhola Sahib was a damp squib. Sekhwan has not even tried to put up a show of strength. It is good they are forming a new outfit. They should tell it’s expiry date also as they will soon learn about their popularity among the people”, the leaders added.