With Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leaders and workers trying to garner support from the Hindu community at public meetings organised by the Punjab education minister Daljit Singh Cheema in the city on Friday, the widened fissures between SAD- BJP alliance in Punjab have once again came to the fore.
Having been appointed as the incharge of the Ludhiana assembly segment, Cheema has become a regular visitor to the city.
Where on one side the SAD leaders having flooded the city with their posters had put in their best efforts to motivate people to come for the meetings, the public meetings have not gone down well with the BJP district unit as a group of BJP workers. The reason being BJP leaders and workers are looking at the developments as the desperation of the Akali leaders to break the barriers between SAD and urban populace, so as to contest 2017 assembly elections without BJP.
“Despite having tried hard to garner support from urban electorate in Ludhiana for the SAD’s parliamentary candidate in Lok Sabha polls, Akalis couldn’t get enough votes and things will not change by bringing in Hindu faces in party cadre,” stated a senior BJP leader on anonymity.
Another smart move made by the SAD in the recent past was the appointment of Madan Lal Bagga as district president (urban-1). Appointing a Hindu on this post clearly pointed towards the party high command’s aim to garner support from the Hindu community.
However, looking at this development the BJP workers further stated that these moves would boomerang on the Akalis, as the resentment was already brewing up in their party cadre.
Addressing a gathering at Gurdwara Singh Sabha, Model Town Extension, Daljit Singh Cheema called upon the SAD workers to strengthen the party, adding that this would help the government in delivering the best to the people in the state. These meetings are a part of the party president Sukhbir Singh Badal’s initiative to infuse new life into the workers who are the backbone of the party,” Cheema said.
Interestingly, the district-level leaders could not hide their attempts to hog the limelight by remaining close to Cheema.
Senior SAD leaders, including Maheshinder Singh Grewal, Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, along with several councilors, were also present at the meetings.