As it reels under string of resignations of sitting MLAs who were denied tickets for the upcoming assembly polls, the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) is in for more trouble as son of its Ferozepur MP Sher Singh Ghubaya is joining the Congress on Tuesday in New Delhi.
Punjab Congress chief Captain Amarinder Singh has called a press conference in the national capital to announce the induction of Davinder Singh Ghubaya, the 25-year-old younger son of the MP.
“Ghubaya himself would like to go down a martyr by awaiting suspension by SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal instead of facing disqualification under the anti-defection law by joining the Congress himself,” sources close to the MP revealed.
Ghubaya had defeated Congress heavyweight Sunil Jakhar from the Ferozepur seat in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls and hails from the politically powerful Rai Sikh community that holds a sway over not just the assembly segments of Ferozepur parliamentary seat of Fazilka, Jalalabad and Guru Har Sahai but also Jagraon, Ajnala and a few others seats.
Ghubaya decided to strike back after “feeling sidelined” by Sukhbir, for whom he had vacated the Jalalabad seat in the 2009 Lok Sabha polls. Sukhbir’s seat Jalalabad is now being looked after by his officer on special duty Satinderjit Singh Manta and Ghubaya has been conspicuous with his absence from “sangat darshans” as well as other visits of Sukhbir since the past many months. On Ghubaya absence, the deputy CM’s common refrain was, “only he can reply to it”.
Though Ghubaya did not comment on his son’s induction into the Congress, party ticket contenders are infuriated over reports that he may be fielded from Fazilka. Party’s former candidate Mohinder Rinwa has asked Ghubaya to first pass the litmus test by contesting against Sukhbir and AAP’s Bhagwant Mann from Jalalabad saying the assembly seat has the largest number of Rai Sikh voters. “We will fight till last to prevent him from getting a ticket from Fazilka,” Rinwa said.