BJP warns Akalis of snapping ties in Gurdaspur

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Gurdaspur
  • Updated: May 05, 2015 19:43 IST

The Gurdaspur district BJP has warned the Akalis of “snapping alliance at the local level” if the local Akali leaders do not mend their ways of perpetrating atrocities on the BJP leaders and workers in the district.

Addressing a press conference here on Tuesday, district BJP president Ramesh Sharma alleged that the Akalis in the district had violated the agreement reached between the high commands of both the parties during the civic polls in the district.

Sharma alleged the Akalis of not adhering to the ‘coalition dharma’ and cornering the BJP at every stage. He alleged that the local Akali leaders wanted to finish the BJP in the district.

Sharma claimed the BJP workers were attacked and injured by Shiv Sena (Hindustan) activists during the civic polls in Dhariwal at the behest of the Akali leaders.

Sharma alleged that in the Gurdaspur civic elections, local MLA and chief parliamentary secretary (CPS) Gurbachan Singh Babbehali had deliberately got elected Independents against the BJP candidates.

Sharma claimed Babbehali recently tried to got the licence of commission agent Ashok Vaid — district vice-president of the BJP — cancelled just because Vaid had said during the council election that he would field BJP candidates for all 27 seats.

Vaid, who was also present at the press conference, declared that he would seek inquiry into personal big projects being ordered by Babbehali in an apparent hint to a big shopping mall being constructed by Babbehali in Gurdaspur.

Sharma declared that the BJP would go it alone in the district in all future political matters, including the next Punjab vidhan sabha elections.

When questioned about his stand in case the high commands of both the alliance partners decided to contest from Gurdaspur seat unitedly, Sharma said in that situation the district BJP would request the Akali high command to not to field Babbehali or the BJP would not support him.

Sharma said the local BJP was not being taken into confidence by Babbehali in taking decisions about development projects for the city. Sharma asserted that the situation was same in Fatehgarh Churian, Batala, Qadian and Dhariwal.

When contacted, Babbehali rubbished the charges, stating that he duly honoured the ‘coalition dharma’.

He said despite having majority of elected municipal cooncillors with him, he got elected a BJP municipal councillor as the president — even as the BJP had only eight members in the 27-member house.

Babbehali said if the BJP leaders or workers had any differences with him over anything those could be solved over a meeting.

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