Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, May 17
Ending the long wait and speculation in the political circles on Monday, Ranjit Singh Brahmpura and Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa announced to launch a new political party called Shiromani Akali Dal (Sanyukat).
The new political outfit was formed after the dissolution of the former Shiromani Akali Dal (Taksali), formed by Ranjit Singh Brahmpura and Shiromani Akali (Democratic) launched by Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa.
Shiromani Akali Dal (Democratic) and Shiromani Akali Dal (Taksali)—both breakaway parties of the Shiromani Akali Dal— had announced on April 19 that they were dissolving both outfits to make way for a new party.
But due to Covid-19, the launch of the new party got delayed.
The announcement of making of the new political party was made in the presence of some selective senior leaders of both the parties from the main office of the party.
“We have decided to launch new political party Shiromani Akali Dal (Sanyukat) today and the organising structure of the party would be set up soon,” said Dhindsa and Brahmpura in a joint statement to the media after a meeting of the two stalwarts in the office of Shiromani Akali Dal in Chandigarh.
Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa is the president of the new political party while Ranjit Singh Brahmpura will be its patron.
Coming down heavily on Sukhbir Singh Badal, president of Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal), the Akali stalwarts sought his clarification on the acceptance of donations from the people responsible for Sikh genocide as Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) has accepted Rs 12 crore donation from Amitabh Bachchan alone.
“We also demand from Sukhbir Singh Badal that SGPC and DSGMC should release a white paper on how much donations have been received and from whom during the Covid-19 pandemic and farmers protest by the two Sikh bodies so that the people can learn about the donors.
“As it has come to light that DSGMC has accepted nearly Rs 12 crore from film actor Amitabh Bachchan who was responsible for instigating mob to attack the innocent Sikhs after the assassination of Indira Gandhi during which thousands of Sikhs were killed and got no justice so far,” said Dhindsa and Brahmpura in a joint statement today.
They further questioned Sukhbir whether he could justify the acceptance of donation from someone responsible for Sikh genocide.
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