A day after targeting Gobind Singh Longowal, SAD-BJP candidate in the Dhuri assembly byelection, former chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh himself is in the Akali firing line.
Senior Akali leader and Rajya Sabha member Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa has advised him to look within before questioning whether the successor of late Akali leader Sant Harchand Singh Longowal was worthy of his legacy. At a campaign rally here in the favour of Longowal, Dhindsa accused the Barnala family, which controls the SAD (Longowal), of backstabbing the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and late Akali leader. “Gobind Singh Longowal grew up under the guidance of Sant Longowal, and he is the true successor of his legacy,” Dhindsa said.
During his 15-minute speech, he accused the Congress of once throwing Punjab into more than a decade of terrorism. “The people of the state still feel the impact of those days. The Congress always had the divide-and-rule policy, while the SAD and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have not only a political alliance but also social partnership in Punjab,” said the Rajya Sabha member.
He cautioned the local party unit against factionalism and said the chief minister himself would take action against the Akali workers caught in anti-party activities. Gobind Singh Longowal denied all the allegations that Captain Amarinder Singh had laid against him on Monday; and said that after the death of Sant Harchand Singh Longowal, he had given statements as witness against the accused without fear.
After the rally, the candidate along with Dhindsa, chief parliamentary secretary Farzana Alam, and former cabinet minister Gobind Singh Kajla went to the subdivisional magistrate (SDM) for filling nomination.