Dissent again came to the fore in Shiromani Akali Dal's (SAD's) Ludhiana unit, after Atam Nagar MLA Simarjit Singh Bains preferred to support independent councillor Daljit Singh Grewal against SAD MLA Ranjit Singh Dhillon. The two had indulged in a street clash on Sunday.
Bains had called up the Ludhiana police commissioner Paramjit Singh Gill and asked for an inquiry into the clash. He had also criticised Dhillon for allegedly misusing his power.
He had also protested alleged police inaction against another SAD leader Kirpal Singh Sandhu's sons, reportedly involved in the murder of 18-year-old at Shimlapuri in the city, on Tuesday.
There is an added reason to these outbursts than mere public service, claim SAD sources, adding that Bains and his brother Ludhiana South MLA Balwinder Singh Bains have had an uneasy relationship with the party, for some time now.
They contested the 2012 assembly elections as Independents in protest, after only Balwinder was given the party ticket.
However, the brothers returned as MLAs with thumping victories, virtually forcing the SAD to take them back into the party fold.
Over the past year, however, their powers have reportedly been severely curtailed, with SAD district president Hira Singh Gabria and mayor Hakam Singh Giaspura reportedly usurping all their powers as MLAs.
Simarjit told HT that he would not tolerate 'injustice', even when some of his own party colleagues were involved.
"I will continue to fight against all wrongs, irrespective of the stand of SAD. Parties are not above people. I will meet chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Thursday to apprise him of the incidents."