Feigning ignorance over the vigilance bureau (VB) raids at an engineering college owned by the family of Ferozepur MP Sher Singh Ghubaya, chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Tuesday said Gubaya is “like a family member” and the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) has no differences with him.
On being asked how the vigilance bureau can raid without the CM’s nod, Badal said “I was not aware of it. Ghubaya is a respectable member of party. I will check if such a thing has happened. The party has no differences with Ghubaya.” The CM was talking to mediapersons at Tohra in Patiala district.
Meanwhile, sources said Ghubaya’s son Devinder Singh, who was scheduled to join the Congress after he was denied SAD ticket for the coming assembly polls, has backtracked after the Monday raid at the Ghubaya College of Engineering and Technology at Sukhera Bodla village in Fazilka district.
Punjab Congress president Amarinder Singh’s press conference scheduled for Wednesday to announce Devinder’s entry into the party has been cancelled.
SAD MP skips Sukhbir’s Jalalabad sangat darshan
Meanwhile, Ghubaya skipped deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal’s sangat darshan and other programmes at Jalalabad in Fazilka district on Wednesday. “I am in New Delhi to attend the ongoing session of Parliament,” he told HT over phone, when asked about his absence at party programmes.
“I sought SAD ticket (for Devinder) for any of the four border assembly segments of the Ferozepur parliamentary seat, but the party ignored our request for the reasons best known to the high command,” said Ghubaya. “I and my family have ever been loyal to the SAD and will never leave the party,” he asserted while terming reports about his changing loyalty as “handiwork of his political opponents within and outside the party”.
He added that none of his family members will contest from Malout, as being reported by a section of media.
To a question, he said there had been no irregularities in the functioning the Ghubaya college.
BLURB SAD MP’s son, who was scheduled to join Congress after being denied party ticket, has now backtracked, say sources