After Tohra family, another old Akali loyalist family based in Patiala has revolted against party president and deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, with late Akali stalwart Jasdev Singh Sandhu’s son Tejinderpal on Sunday announcing to field his wife as an independent candidate from Ghanaur assembly segment here.
His decision comes days after the party denied him a ticket for the coming assembly elections. In 2012 polls, Tejinderpal had contested unsuccessfully from Sanour segment, from where Harinder Pal Singh Chandumajra will be contesting on the Akali ticket this time.
Tejinderpal tried his level best to get the ticket from Ghanaur, a seat traditionally represented by his family, but could not replace sitting party legislator Harpreet Kaur Mukhmailpur. Slamming Sukhbir, he said Akali Dal had been reduced to a “one man show” under him and had lost concern for old loyalists. “Late Gurcharan Singh Tohra’s family had to join the Aam Aadmi Party recently because of similar harassment,” he told HT.
Tejinderpal said that Sukhbir’s claims that the recent ticket distribution was based on party survey were baseless as no “winnability” was verified. “With several dedicated supporters sidelined, the revolt within the party is imminent now,” he said.
Tejinderpal has decided to field his wife, Anupinder Kaur Sandhu, 52, from Ghanaur as both the SAD and AAP have fielded woman candidates. He addressed his supporters near his home in Patiala before taking the call.
“My father represented this constituency thrice in his political career. Twice my other family members have been legislators from here. All old Akali supporters are still with us and are ready to support our decision,” he said.
Taking about Akali candidate Mukhmailpur, he said she had remained inactive and did nothing for the constituency’s development. He said he would soon release a vision document for the constituency and highlight the development works done by the family here.
Blurb: Late Jasdev Singh Sandhu’s son Tejinderpal to field wife as independent candidate from Ghanaur