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Red heat over SGPC beacons
Sarbjit Dhaliwal
Tribune News Service

Chanidgarh, November 28
Top leadership of the Shiormani Akali Dal (SAD) today felt offended by “statements” made by a senior leader and former minister of the BJP Balramji Dass Tandon against chief minister’s decision to provide security guards and allowing red lights atop the vehicles of SGPC members.

At a meeting of the coordination committee of the SAD-BJP, almost all SAD members lodged their strong protest against the airing of the views in public by senior leader of the BJP against the decision taken by Badal.

After a war of nerves between the SAD and the BJP on various issues in recent past, it was decided that any leader from the SAD and the BJP would not make any statement in public.

A few months ago, the BJP had taken a strong view of Sukhbir Singh Badal’s statement against the rolling back of power tariff. Annoyed over Sukhbir’s statement, the BJP had then made a statement to boycott the Cabinet meeting.

Sources said at today’s meeting the coordination committee attended by top leaders of the two parties, the SAD leaders told the BJP clearly that such a statement on the part of a senior leader of the BJP was not acceptable to them. If the BJP leader had any problem in this regard he should have spoken to the CM in this regard.

Interestingly, Tandon was not alone to oppose the security guards and red beacons. In a section of the media, even Prof Rajinder Bhandari, president of the Punjab unit of the BJP, was quoted as endorsing the statement made by Tandon on red lights and security guards.

While the BJP is strongly opposed to providing security guards and allowing of red lights for the vehicles of SGPC members, the SAD leadership has fully justified this decision, saying that the SGPC was a statutory body and its members are duly elected.

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