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No brotherly love here, Lambi may see Badals locked in close contest
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‘Warmth Missing’

The warmth between us is completely missing. Earlier, he (PS Badal) used to inquire about my health everyday, but now he calls just once a month and it too seems like a formality.

‘Won’t make jibes at my brother’

I would desist from using harsh words against my brother during electioneering. People in Lambi know Dash (me) and Pash (CM Badal) very well. Let the people decide.

Badal (Muktsar), October 24
A year after his son Manpreet Badal was expelled from the Shiromani Akali Dal, Gurdas Singh Badal is in a resolute mood to contest the forthcoming Assembly elections and that too from Lambi, the traditional bastion of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, who also happens to be his elder brother.

“As Badal Sahib has himself imposed this electoral fight on my family, so there is no reason for me to step back. I will contest the election on the PPP ticket”, said Gurdas Badal while speaking to The Tribune at his Badal village residence.

“It is not Manpreet, who is asking me to contest. It’s my independent decision to prove my mettle to my elder brother,” asserts Gurdas.

“Sukhbir Badal thinks we have no worth. I don’t need a certificate from anyone. I have nurtured Lambi and Gidderbaha areas for the past many years and the people there will decide my fate,” he said.

Terming the division in the family as “sadesati” (a troublesome time), an emotionally charged Gurdas spoke of his close association with Pash (Parkash Singh Badal). “Since our childhood, we never parted ways or had any disagreement but now the scenario has changed,” he said.

“Earlier, Badal Sahib used to call me up every day and inquire about my health.

Whenever he visited Badal (village), the first thing he used to do was meet me. But now he speaks to me just once a month and that too seems like a mere formality,” claims Gurdas.

He says Manpreet had always been a blue-eyed boy of the CM. “But things started changing after Sukhbir got hold of power reins. Gradually, Manpreet was dubbed as a nudnik and ousted from the party. It was Badal Sahib who persuaded Manpreet to flap his wings in the public and politics, otherwise he had wanted to become a teacher and settle in UK,” says Gurdas.

The leader is also pained at his son being branded as a traitor by the SAD. “How does floating a new political party make him a traitor? Manpreet did not betray anyone, it was Badal Sahib who expelled him from the party. So, how can they called my son a traitor?” he asks.

Gurdas claims that his elder brother is just a puppet and the de-facto CM is Sukhbir. However, he is very clear that he would desist from making any bitter verbal attacks on his elder brother during electioneering.

“Let the people decide themselves who is better, me (Dash) or Pash,” said Gurdas. He also accused the ruling SAD of threatening his supporters with fake cases.





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