Eyeing elections, SAD makes new appointments for urban, rural units : The Tribune India

Join Whatsapp Channel

Eyeing elections, SAD makes new appointments for urban, rural units

Eyeing elections, SAD makes new appointments for urban, rural units

Amarinder Singh Bazaz is new SAD halka in-charge (urban)



Tribune News Service

Aman Sood

Patiala, November 11

Ahead of the Municipal Corporation and parliamentary elections, the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) has announced new district presidents for Patiala urban and rural in addition to halqa in-charge for Patiala (urban). The new appointments come ahead of the poll season and are likely to give a fillip to the Akali politics in the district.

The new appointments come with a stamp of approval from SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal. The leaders are expected to hold a show of strength soon.

Amit Rathi has been made SAD president (urban)

Amrinder Sijngh Bazaz has been named new halqa in-charge for Patiala (Urban). Bazaz comes from a traditional Taksali Akali family and his father had served as Chairman of the Patiala Improvement Trust during the Akali regime. The Bazaz family holds a good clout with the urban Sikhs and also with the trader community of the city.

“I am thankful to the party president for giving me this opportunity to serve the people of Patiala. Our family has been with the Akali Dal for generations and we will continue to work for strengthening the party cadre,” said Bazaz. “Shiromani Akali Dal is the only party in Punjab which understands the problems and issues faced by the common man and we will raise those issues at every platform,” he said.

Youth leader Amit Rathi, who has worked hard in the Students Organization of India, the student wing of the SAD, has been named Patiala urban president. Rathi brings with him the participation of the youth and his appointment is likely to add the much needed vibrancy to the urban Akalis. “The whole aim is to take everyone together and ensure participation of the young and the elderly in all activities of the SAD,” said Rathi.

Jarnail Singh Kartarpur is new SAD president (rural)

Meanwhile, Jarnail Singh Kartarpur has been made SAD (rural) president. Known to be a close confidant of former MP Prem Singh Chandumajra, the SAD is eyeing the panthic vote with Kartarpur’s appointment in the rural segment.

With the Patiala (urban) seat covering 32 MC seats, the appointments hold significance as the new leaders will have a lot of say in the allotment of ticket for the MC poll. “Given the political equation and the fissures in the Congress and the BJP in the district, the SAD wants to make the most of it and gain some political ground in Patiala,” said a political observer.

Sources said last month, the SAD chief had visited the residence of Taksali SAD leader Indermohan Singh Bajaj, son of late jatehdar Manmohan Singh Bajaj, who was a close associate of former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal. Indermohan’s son, Amrinder Singh Bazaz, was the Patiala Mayor during the SAD regime. “The SAD has given a clear signal that those who remain loyal to the party and can keep the party flock together will surely be promoted,” they said.

Former Cabinet minister Surjit Singh Rakhra, who had unsuccessfully contested the last Lok Sabha poll on SAD ticket, has been instrumental in getting these appointments and official stamp from the SAD president.

About The Author

The Tribune News Service brings you the latest news, analysis and insights from the region, India and around the world. Follow the Tribune News Service for a wide-ranging coverage of events as they unfold, with perspective and clarity.

#Shiromani Akali Dal


Top News

Amit Shah to review J&K security today, 3rd meet in three days

Amit Shah chairs high-level meeting to review J-K security situation, 3rd meet in three days

The first J-K review was held by PM Narendra Modi on Thursda...

‘Close ally’ Japan set to sanction Indian firms for trade ties with Russia

‘Close ally’ Japan set to sanction Indian firms for trade ties with Russia

Japan opts to toe position maintained by America on Ukraine ...

Punjab drug overdose: 14 deaths in 14 days

Punjab drug overdose: 14 deaths in 14 days

Unending menace: In June 2018, a similar crisis had hit Punj...

NEET row: Serious questions on integrity of NTA, how the exam is conducted: Congress

NEET row: Serious questions on integrity of NTA, how the exam is conducted: Congress

There have been allegations of question paper leaks in state...

Willing to work with India, says Trudeau after meeting Modi

Willing to work with India, says Justin Trudeau after meeting PM Modi at G7 Summit in Italy

The meeting, which took place in Apulia, southern Italy, is ...


Cities

View All