Tribune News Service
Amritsar, July 8
The advent of a “parallel” Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), led by Rajya Sabha member and rebel Akali leader Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, has shaken the foundation of the SAD (Taksali) even as its founder president Ranjit Singh Brahmpura thinks otherwise.
The SAD (Taksali) was formed by Brahmpura, Sewa Singh Sekhwan and Dr Rattan Singh Ajnala on December 16, 2018.
Now, party’s secretary general Sekhwan, senior vice-president Bir Divender Singh and youth wing head Harsukhinder Singh Bubby Badal have joined the Dhindsa camp.
Talking to The Tribune, Brahmpura said Dhindsa’s move would prove to be a failure. “Both Sekhwan and Bir Devinder have backstabbed me, but this has exposed them. They have broken the vows taken at Akal Takht at the time of forming the SAD (Taksali),” he said. Terming Dhindsa’s move “technically invalid”, Brahmpura said the SAD was a registered party, which was led by Sukhbir Singh Badal. “Dhindsa’s claim of toppling Sukhbir and occupying the post of the SAD chief will not stand the legal test. I had volunteered to step down and offered him to lead the SAD (Taksali), but I didn’t have any inkling of what was cooking up. They kept me in the dark over the matter,” he said. Brahmpura said a party meeting would be scheduled shortly.
Respect democracy, SAD tells rebel leader
Chandigarh: The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) on Wednesday asked rebel Akali leader Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa to “respect democratic norms and abstain from making false claims, which would only lower his stature”, even as it castigated him for “humiliating” SAD (Taksali) president Ranjit Singh Brahmpura. TNS
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