After their defeat in the municipal elections, some of the candidates have started blaming their own party leaders for their defeat and demanded an action against them.
Maghar Singh, circle president (urban) of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) from Faridkot and seven other party candidates claimed to have written to deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal and chief minister Parkash Singh Badal to take an appropriate action against party MLA Deep Malhotra as they held him responsible for their defeat.
"The MLA supported the candidates, who were allegedly supported by the Congress in connivance with a senior Congress leader to defeat us. It is against the party guidelines and discipline," alleged Maghar Singh, in a letter written to both the deputy chief minister and the chief minister on Tuesday.
Maghar Singh, former SAD councillor, was contesting from ward number 8 on party the symbol and lost to an independent candidate.
When contacted, Faridkot MLA Deep Malhotra refuted the allegations. "I had inaugurated the office of Maghar Singh and supported them all. I also held the meeting of the workers and canvassed for them. I, being the party MLA, cannot even think of working against the party candidates. One should not falsely blame others for one's defeat due to some other reasons," said Deep Malhotra.
At a separate meeting at Chand Palace, four other SAD- backed candidates, including Partap Singh Nangal, son of former president of the district unit of the SAD Makhan Singh Nangal, accused a youth leader besides Avtar Singh Brar, former Faridkot MLA and now chairman of PRTC, Punjab, for their defeat.
"I had got a party ticket and was supposed to be supported by Avtar Singh Brar and others. But, they asked me to reach an understanding with a candidate backed by the Congress saying that they had to support him. But, I told them that I would contest if I got the party ticket and would not reach any understanding with other candidates. So, when I rejected their suggestion, they rather supported my rival candidate, which led to my defeat," said Partap Singh Nangal, who lost from ward number 4.
"So, we request the party high command to look into the matter," said Partap.
"Ironically, Partap, being a SAD candidate, had sought support from some senior Congress leaders from Faridkot, who, in turn, advised him not to contest under present circumstances, but still he chose to contest," claimed a source.
Avtar Singh Brar, chairman of the PRTC, said that he was a disciplined party worker and would not like to go to press in this regard. "I shall answer the party high command if I am asked for any explanation," Brar said.
The SAD was able to win only 8 seats and BJP 4, while Independents had won from 12 wards. The Congress won from one ward only. Faridkot has only 25 wards.