Internal bickering in Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) came to the fore on Friday as Youth Akali Dal (YAD) state vice-president Jaskirat Singh quit the post to protest against the denial of SAD ticket for the Amritsar Municipal Corporation (AMC) polls.
Jaskirat had applied for ticket from ward number 29. He has sent his resignation to YAD chief and revenue minister Bikram Singh Majithia.
Talking to reporters along with his supporters here, he said he had laid claim to the ticket as he had been active in the ward for the past five years. Even in the assembly polls, BJP candidate Navjot Kaur Sidhu had gained a lead from here, Jaskirat said and claimed that the party high command had assured him of the ticket.
He said that his supporters were angry as Avtar Singh, an outsider, had been given the ticket from this ward instead of ward number 37, from where he is a sitting councillor. "The truth is that Avtar Singh had not worked in his ward for the past five years and had alienated the voters," he claimed.
Asked whether he would contest the AMC polls as an independent, Jaskirat replied that though his supporters wanted him to contest, he would wait till Saturday evening for knowing the stand of SAD.
He said he had already intimated the state leadership of SAD about the stand of his supporters. He, however, hoped that a positive decision in his favour would emerge as he still had faith in the leadership of Bikram Majithia.