Punjab: War of words between Cheema, Madan Mohan Mittal hots up

  • Bahadurjeet Singh, Hindustan Times, Rupnagar
  • Updated: Mar 12, 2015 09:28 IST

Punjab industries minister Madan Mohan Mittal, BJP Rupnagar MLA, has taken strong exception to purported remarks by state education minister Daljit Singh Cheema that the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) had taken the support of Independent municipal councilors, owing allegiance to the Congress, in the election for the president of the council to teach him (Mittal) a lesson.

“Cheema is a doctor who is now the education teacher. He now wants to be a teacher. He must tell us the address of the school, where we he will hold the class for SAD, BJP workers and MLAs,” Mittal told mediapersons on Wednesday.

“The language used by Cheema, also a spokesman for his party, shows that they (SAD leaders) do not want to continue their alliance with the BJP,” Mittal claimed.

He alleged that SAD has taken the support of Congress municipal councillors in the Anandpur Sahib council too.

Mittal added Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal must clarify if they endorsed
Cheema’s views.

“The Badals must clarify whether they intend to take the support of Congress in the 2017 assembly elections, so that I can also take up the matter with his party high command.”

He denied that councillors belonging to of his ‘group’ opposed the election of SAD councillor Paramjit Singh Makkar as the president of the Rupnagar council. “The SAD did not communicate properly with the BJP councilors, leading to this situation,” he claimed.

When contacted, Cheema said, “I have said what I wanted to say. I do not want to join issue with Mittal. However, Mittal’s negative role during the election of the president Rupnagar council has been brought to the notice of the party leadership.”

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