Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal on Friday announced organisational structure of the party in the United States.
The organisational set-up was announced a month after Akali ministers in Punjab government and party officer-bearers visited North American countries. During the tour, which was spread about for a month from July to August, the Akali leaders faced stiff opposition from radical Sikh organisations.
Apprehending much support for the Aam Admi Party (AAP) in the North American countries, the SAD also decided to mobilise its cadre which was defunct for about two years.
Disclosing this, SAD chief and deputy CM Badal said Jaspreet Singh Attorney has been appointed as chief legal adviser and chairman of the high-powered core committee.
The other members in the committee are Satpal Singh Brar from Virginia, Raghbir Singh Subhanpur (New York), Kulwant Singh Khera (Sanjose, California), Surjit Singh (Bakersfield), Amrik Singh (Chicago, Illinois), Mohan Singh Khattra (New York), Arvinder Singh Lakhan (Porterville, California), Baldev Singh (Indiana) and Bachan Singh Gill (Wisconsin).
Sukhbir said for West Coast Zone having states of California, Nevada, Washington, Arizona, Oregan and Colorado, Didar Singh Bains has been appointed as chief patron and Harinder Singh Harry Gill would be patron.
The states comprising New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington DC, Georgia, Massachusetts, Florida have been included in East Coast Zone and Mohinder Singh has been appointed as patron while Mohan Singh Khattra will be president.
SAD also nominated office-bearers of states of New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Washington DC, Virginia and Georgia on the West Coast. In the mid-west, SAD nominated office bearers of Illionis, Indiana, Ohio, Wisconcin, Michigan and Kentucky.
Office-bearers for Canada would be announced shortly.