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Rakhra's brother 'ignored' during Rahat scheme inauguration function

punjab Updated: Feb 18, 2014 00:03 IST
Navrajdeep Singh
Navrajdeep Singh
Hindustan Times
Cabinet minister

In an embarrassment for Charanjit Singh Dhaliwal, one of the main contenders for the SAD ticket for the Patiala constituency in parliamentary elections, organisers failed to find any space for him to share dais with deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal.

A number of local SAD leaders were present on the stage but a visibly upset Charanjit, a younger brother of Surjit Singh Rakhra, rural and panchayat development minister,could be seen sitting in the press gallery throughout the function.

Even during the proceedings of the function, SAD president Sukhbir didn't share any pleasantry or gesture with Charanjit.

If political experts are to be believed, Sukhbir 'ignoring' attitude gave a clear indication and ended all speculations pertaining to Rakhra on the top of contenders' lists for the Patiala seat.

In the home constituency of Rakhra, Charanjit played a significant role and overlooked all arrangements in making a 'rahat' scheme launching programme a hit at Samana in Patiala district.

Charanjit has a good rapport in the Samana constituency as he spearheaded Rakhra's campaign during the last general assembly elections in 2012.

Interestingly, when Charanjit was asked to sit on an unoccupied chair besides the deputy CM during the press briefing, a visibly upset Charanjit refused to sit by saying: "Main ethe baithan de layak kithe haan, main te khada hi theek haan (I do not deserve to sit here, I am ok while standing).

When asked about fielding either Rakhra or any other of his family during the lok sabha elections, Sukhbir refused to give any satisfactory reply.

"Who told you about giving a ticket to the Rakhra family for the elections. There is nothing on the cards as the party is yet to make announcements over ticket distribution", he laughed.

Meanwhile, speaking over the rift in the SAD unit at Nabha constituency, Sukhbir said there was nothing to worry as it was internal issues between two groups which would be solved soon.

"Rahat" scheme function which was scheduled to be held at Nabha was shifted to Samana following reports of rift between Makhan Singh Lalka, Nabha constituency in-charge and group led by the wife of three time former MLA Raja Narinder Singh.

One of the groups had also passed resolution to remove Lalka.

Meanwhile, Sukhbir announced that the Punjab Government would soon roll out a policy to fix accountability of manufacturing units for any adulteration in agro products like seeds, pesticides, feed and fertilizers in order to keep retailers and shopkeepers out of any litigation and conviction.

About 'Rahat' scheme, Sukhbir said the scheme was unique and beneficial for 1.86 lakh traders in the state, providing traders and retailers with facility to pay sales tax on the basis of their self declaration turnouts per year.

The state government would give them with accidental insurance of `2 lakh, cashless treatment up to `50,000 and insurance cover of `5 lakh in case of natural calamity.