Days after refusing the post of chief parliamentary secretary (CPS), former Indian hockey captain and SAD’s Jalandhar Cantonment MLA Pargat Singh on Monday surprised everyone when he turned up to attend a meeting to discuss spreading party’s reach on social media.
After making it clear to the party brass about his resentment by not attending the CPS swearing-in ceremony on April 28, Pargat attended the meeting where party’s senior leaders, including MLAs Ajit Singh Kohar, Gurpartap Wadala, Avinash Chandar and Sarwan Singh Phillaur, were present. Pargat though arrived half-anhour late at the meeting.
“Initially, the Akali leaders concluded that Pargat won’t come. But he turned up at 11:30am to surprise everyone,” said an MLA.
Pargat was active in the meeting and gave suggestions on how the party should deal with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) onslaught against the SAD in the virtual world.
The meeting was chaired by party spokesperson and education minister Dr Daljeet Cheema and deputy CM’s adviser and Delhi SAD leader Manjinder Singh Sirsa. Sources said Sirsa had come out with a detailed “counter strategy” to tackle the AAP on social media, especially Facebook and WhatsApp. Pargat, sources said, pointed out in the meeting that there was need to come out with a strategy to counter online campaigns against SAD on “drugs and sand mining”.
The MLA, when contacted by this correspondent, confirmed having attended the meeting and said he got the invite two days back. “But it does not mean that my concerns over the solid waste management plant have ended. My stand is clear and I won’t allow the plant in my constituency,” said the MLA.
“My fight is against the system. How can I do something to change the system from outside?” said the MLA, when pointed out that a section of his supporters was not expecting him at the meeting.
‘NOT EASY TO SHELVE PROJECT AT THIS STAGE’
Pargat said after he turned down the CPS offer, he has not been invited by the CM or the deputy CM to discuss his concerns.
“I don’t think they will invite me for talks. I have come to know that the project cannot be cancelled at this stage as the government has already submitted an affidavit with the National Green Tribunal. Government doesn’t have the option to shelve the project, but I will continue my fight,” said Pargat.