Internal bickering within the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) is keeping the party leadership in SAS Nagar busy these days ahead of the municipal corporation elections scheduled to be held on February 22.
Rather than focusing on the upcoming polls, leaders are busy sorting out the difference within the party. On Monday, senior SAD leader Balwant Singh Ramoowalia made public the names of 14 rebels who have been expelled from the party.
However, contradicting hiss claims, SAD election observer Maheshinder Grewal on Tuesday said only four of the 14 are being considered for expulsion.
The list of those expelled on Monday had names of Kulwant Singh, Sarabjeet Singh, RP Sharma, Sukhminder Singh Barnala, Amrik Singh, Phool Raj, Harpal Singh Channa, Amteshwar Kaur, Parkash Wati, Gian Chand Aggarwal, Manjit Kaur, Parveen Tang, Shivender Lamba and Nirmal Kaur Dhillon.
The list that was released on Tuesday had names of Kulwant Singh, Sarabjeet Singh, Harpal Channa and Manmohan Kaur only. Talking to HT, Grewal said, “We have taken the decision to consider these four for expulsion.”
Sources said the decision to shorten the list of those expelled from the party has come from the high command wherein the local leadership has been asked to limit the number of those being termed as rebels.
A senior party leader said, “The list of rebels is so long across the state that it would have raised questions on the party leadership. It means that so many are unhappy with the party and therefore the high command has issued directions to shorten the list.”
“I have checked it with senior leaders and the rebels are being expelled in phases. In the first phase, we are expellingfour of them. The list on others will be issued later,” Ramoowalia said commenting on Tuesday’s list.
SAD, BJP slugfest continues in ward 20
Even as SAD observer Maheshinder Grewal had demanded that the two-member complaints committee appointed by the Punjab government should ask BJP candidate from ward 20 in SAS Nagar Sahibee Anand to withdraw, as the ward also has SAD candidate Narinder Singh Lamba contesting, the decision on the issue is pending.
The committee comprises BJP leader Tikshan Sud, and SAD leader and education minister Daljit Singh Cheema.
Both the candidates continue to campaign in the ward. Sahibee Anand has also complained against Lamba with the state election commission that he is projecting himself as the lone candidate of the SAD-BJP alliance.