Party rivals gun for Punjab BJP president Kamal Sharma

  • Prabhjit Singh, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Aug 08, 2015 09:16 IST
Kamal Sharma HT Photo

Close on the heels of a case of fraud and graft registered against two Punjab BJP leaders on Thursday, the adversaries of the party’s state chief Kamal Sharma have compiled a list of criminal cases against three more partymen owing proximity to Sharma.

The fresh list that Sharma’s detractors have enlisted as an ammunition for a drive to dethrone him revealed that BJP’s Ferozepur (rural) ‘mandal’ president Kikkar Singh is facing a triple murder case in which an FIR was registered on June 20, 2014 at the Ferozepur Sadar police station. Kikkar, a village sarpanch, was also elevated as the chairman of the Ferozepur market committee by the Akali BJP government on Sharma’s recommendation.

The second case involves Vijay Atwal, the BJP’s scheduled caste wing president, who has been booked under Indian Penal Code section 307 (attempt to murder charge) at the Ferozepur Cantt police station.

The dossier also points out that Ferozepur district kisan morcha chief Gurbhej Singh was booked for fleecing the Food Corporation of India (FCI) of Rs 7 crore in 2009.

The FIR has been registered at the Ferozepur Sadar police station.

“Kikkar Singh, Vijay Atwal and Gurbhej Singh had left the BJP ahead of the 2012 assembly elections to join the Congress, but were later brought back into the party by Kamal Sharma,” ex-MLA and Sharma’s adversary Sukhpal Singh Nannu told HT.

The Congress had roped in Gurbhej to campaign for party MLA Parminder Singh Pinky against Nannu in the 2012 elections. But Kamal Sharma brought Gurbhej back into the BJP fold as the district kisan morcha chief after the election results.

The dossier prepared by Sharma’s adversaries also cites Ashwani Mehta, another murder accused, as an accomplice of the state BJP president. Mehta had contested as an Independent against Nannu in the 2002 assembly elections.

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