In what can be termed as a public reprimand to “leaders and workers” who worked against the party in the recent Lok Sabha elections, selective Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leaders called upon its Lok Sabha candidate from Ludhiana and MLA Manpreet Singh Ayali to officially boycott the culprits.
Senior municipal corporation (MC) councillors, including Gurdeep Singh Neetu, made the suggestions while addressing a huge crowd of SAD workers and leaders in a specially convened meeting, referred to as “chon manthan” (postelection analysis), precisely a month after the electi ons’ results, on Monday.
“Some people, who were given coveted positions, turned out to be traitors, as despite having taken all benefits, they extended help to the candidates in opposition. We all wanted Manpreet Singh Ayali to be in the parliament, but due to the vested interests of some people, Ludhiana lost a chance to get the best of benefits from the union government,” Neetu observed.
So as to make the message of the party high command loud and clear, several loudspeakers were put up at the gates of the venue.
Various leaders, including district SAD (urban and rural) presidents Hira Singh Gabria and Santa Singh Umeidpuri, in addition to MLAs Ranjit Singh Dhillon, Shiv Ram Kler and Darshan Singh Shivalik were also present on the occasion.
Leaving no chance to humiliate the senior leaders, who could not get enough votes in their respective assembly segments, few councillors stated that nobody could run away from truth as it had come out in the “booth wise vote details” followed by door-to-door survey conducted by the party leaders.
SAD did not do well in various urban assembly segments and in various rural segments like Jagraon with SR Kler as the legislator, Gill that has Darshan Singh Shivalik as MLA and Dakha which is represented by Ayali himself.
District Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Praveen Bansa land former Punjab health minister Sat Pal Gosain also attended the meeting, while for merstate BJP president Rajinder Bhandari remained absent.
Similarly, senior Akali leaders Mahesh Inder Singh Grewal, political advisor to Punjab chief minister, Punjab public work department (PWD) minister Sharanjit Singh Dhillon were also missing.
Meanwhile, Ayali, while trying to pacify the irate leaders and workers, said, “Let bygones be bygones and let’s start afresh, as we have to overcome our shortcomings to strengthen the party at every level. We will convene regular meetings to deal with the problems of the public and also of the party workers. Most importantly, SAD would be restructured,” Ayali added.