Suspended Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) MLA from Jalandhar Cantonment Pargat Singh, in a letter to chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Friday, attacked SAD chief Sukhbir Badal’s style of functioning saying for the present leadership “Panth” comes last and the “family” comes first.
In a three-page letter written in Punjabi, copies of which were also given to mediamen, Pargat regretted that the SAD’s basic objectives were being sidelined and the SAD chief was “mercilessly destroying” the core structure of the party.
The MLA said the party was feeling helpless under Sukhbir’s leadership. “Truthfulness and humbleness are the two virtues standing miles away from Sukhbir,” said the MLA, who was suspended by Sukhbir for anti-party activities on July 19.
The former Indian hockey captain said, if the party president could have at least learnt your humbleness, then Punjab and the party both would have been saved from disaster.
Pargat said the SAD chief functions by making muscle and money, along with arrogance, as his tools of administration.
“But time never passes like that. Centralisation of power will ruin both the party and the government,” he said, adding that the party chief is surrounded by spineless persons, who are only nurturing their political ambitions. “They are neither listening to anyone nor are allowing the party president to understand the reality,” said the MLA.
‘Akal Takht’s authority demeaned’
The MLA alleged that the present leadership of the Akali Dal has made all Sikh institutions hand-made stooges.
“The authority of the most revered Sikh institution, Shri Akal Takht Sahib, has faced maximum erosion under the present rule. It’s much more dangerous than physical destruction of the building. Panth is nowadays dominated by persons, expert in derailing panthic contemplations,” said Pargat.
Pargat cautioned Badal that the party leadership is silent because they are sticking to the party under compulsions and scare of the arrogance. “Our party president must understand that storms and thunders always come out of such silence,” said the MLA.
Government functioning mocked
In last few years, not only basic structure of the party has collapsed, but performance of the government has remained poor. Pargat said the Punjabis, who are known for rich heritage at national and international levels, are now ashamed of themselves and only the present system is responsible for it.
The MLA said he has not received any letter about his suspension from the party chief.