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Ramoowalia has betrayed people of Punjab: SAD

Stunned by the secrecy with which its core committee member Balwant Singh Ramoowalia switched sides to join the Samajwadi Party to become a cabinet minister in the Akhilesh Yadav Government in Uttar Pradesh, an embarrassed Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) termed his move “political opportunism and betrayal”.

punjab Updated: Oct 31, 2015 23:25 IST
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Asserting that Ramoowalia’s action was reminiscent of the days of “aaya ram gayaa ram” politics, senior SAD leaders, including Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, Balwinder Singh Bhunder, Maheshinder Singh Grewal, Prem Singh Chandumajra and Dr Daljit Singh Cheema, said he was in the habit of sticking to power and back-stabbing.
Asserting that Ramoowalia’s action was reminiscent of the days of “aaya ram gayaa ram” politics, senior SAD leaders, including Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, Balwinder Singh Bhunder, Maheshinder Singh Grewal, Prem Singh Chandumajra and Dr Daljit Singh Cheema, said he was in the habit of sticking to power and back-stabbing.(HT Photo )

Stunned by the secrecy with which its core committee member Balwant Singh Ramoowalia switched sides to join the Samajwadi Party to become a cabinet minister in the Akhilesh Yadav Government in Uttar Pradesh, an embarrassed Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) termed his move “political opportunism and betrayal”.

Asserting that Ramoowalia’s action was reminiscent of the days of “aaya ram gayaa ram” politics, senior SAD leaders, including Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, Balwinder Singh Bhunder, Maheshinder Singh Grewal, Prem Singh Chandumajra and Dr Daljit Singh Cheema, said he was in the habit of sticking to power and back-stabbing.

“This act (of joining the SP) has not only amounted to betraying the SAD but also the people of SAS Nagar and Punjab. We fail to understand what lollipop such a failed leader could have offered to the SP,” Dhindsa said.

The SAD, the leaders said, had accorded Ramoowalia political recognition by giving him the parliamentary ticket from Faridkot. Yet when an opportunity arose, Ramoowalia “backstabbed” the party and joined hands with a motley group of parties to become a Union minister, they claimed. When out in the cold again, they said, Ramoowalia formed the Lok Bhalai Party (LBP). “The LBP was more in the news for trying to exploit NRIs,” the SAD leaders alleged and said it had failed to make any impression in two elections following which Ramoowalia returned to the SAD fold.

LOSS IN SAS NAGAR THE TRIGGER

Dhindsa and Bhunder said that the trigger for Ramoowalia’s exit was the inability of the family to take along the party rank and file as well as the people of SAS Nagar. They said after the people rejected him in the 2012 assembly elections, there was a clamour to divest Ramoowalia of the responsibility of leading the party from the constituency. They said the former MP was frustrated due to these developments.