Two days after he was suspended from the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), Jalandhar Cantonment MLA Pargat Singh gave clear indications that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is his next destination, and launched a scathing attack on deputy chief minister and SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal, questioning his merit and calling the SAD “a party of chamchas (sycophants) and dalals (deal-brokers).
Pargat, who addressed the media in Jalandhar on Wednesday, said there was no place for plain-speaking persons like him in the SAD.
“Only those are heard who lick shoes of the SAD chief. On the other hand, the SAD chief thinks himself to be a superhuman,” said Pargat.
The former India hockey captain said the Akali Dal had become a “mentally bankrupt party” and the decision to suspend him reflected that.
“Show me a reason where I breached the discipline. Yes, I raised my voice against corruption and other issues, but never crossed the line. Still, I was suspended as I opposed the solid waste management plant in, which would have played havoc with the lives of people in my constituency,” said Pargat.
MOCKS SUKHBIR ON INTELLIGENCE INPUTS
“I heard that I was suspended as intelligence agencies gave inputs to the deputy CM that I was in Delhi on Monday to meet AAP leaders. How funny? Actually, I was in Chandigarh to attend a Vidhan Sabha meet and even met a few MLAs and IAS officers. You may well judge what sort of intelligence agencies he is relying upon,” said Pargat.
‘HAD THOUGHT OF QUITTING POLITICS’
The MLA said before his suspension from SAD, he was giving a thought to quitting politics as he was a “misfit”.
“But after getting news of suspension on Monday night, I made up my mind that I won’t quit and script their ouster. It’s my nature, If I am good, I am very good, and if I am vindictive, I go till the last,” he said.
WON’T RESIGN AS MLA
Pargat said he would not resign as an MLA. “I won’t even reply to the notice served on me. I won’t be in SAD even if they accept my demands,” said Pargat.
‘AAP BETTER THAN SAD-BJP, CONG’
Even as he skipped a direct answer when asked about his plans, Pargat gave enough indications about his love for the Arvind Kejriwal-led party. When asked about the possibility of his joining the AAP with Navjot Sidhu, he said, “Sidhu and I make a good combination. He was a hitter as a batsman and I was a cool defender. If we go together, we can make a difference,” said Pargat, adding Sidhu was a friend. To a question, he said “AAP won’t be as bad as SAD-BJP or Congress. “Even inexperienced people can serve the state well if intentions are good,” he said, replying to a question on inexperienced leaders in AAP.