Rift in SAD Nabha unit to fore, group level charges of corruption against Lalka
With parliamentary elections coming near, a rift between two main factions of SAD come to fore with both groups trading charges of corruption. It may create more problems for SAD in the Congress- dominated Nabha, a part of the Patiala Lok Sabha constituency.punjab Updated: Feb 13, 2014 21:09 IST
With parliamentary elections coming near, a rift between two main factions of SAD come to fore with both groups trading charges of corruption. It may create more problems for SAD in the Congress- dominated Nabha, a part of the Patiala Lok Sabha constituency.
The factionalism came to the fore a day after a violent clash was witnessed between the two Akali groups in Moga district.
The group led by Sukhdev Kaur, wife of three times MLA from the Nabha constituency late Raja Narinder Singh, held a workers' meeting at local gurdwara on Thursday and passed a resolution demanding that the SAD high command immediately remove the Nabha constituency in-charge Makhan Singh Lalka.
Some workers at the meeting, which was attended by senior workers, SAD urban and rural units presidents and other close protégé of Narinder Singh family, raised slogans,"Nabha bachao Lalka Bhajao" against Lalka.They allegedly termed him as "corrupt" and Congress man'.
"Lalka has completely failed to take up demands of SAD workers and to get their works done from different departments. Besides limiting the scope for SAD workers to approach him, he believed in corrupt practices which led to exploitation of SAD workers", alleged Gurdialinder Singh Billu, a close associate of Narinder's family.
He said their group supported and backed Lalka during his appointment as halqa in-charge but it was their mistake as he came as disappointment for them.
"He is typically a Congressman who prefers to do works of Congress people rather than SAD workers who are now demanding his immediate removal", he said.
In a resolution, it has been mentioned that following dissatisfaction and resentment among SAD workers regarding Lalka's style of working, Sukhdev Kaur has decided to constitute a five-member committee which would take up the matter with chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh as the latter is expected to visit Nabha on February 17.
Meanwhile, the rift was quite evident as supporters of Raja Narinder Singh's family skipped the recent visit of Sukhbir Singh Badal at village Gulwati on February 11. Lalka's supporters were present at the venue.
When contacted, Makhan Singh Lalka said people of the constituency were witness to his efforts in carrying out development, as grants worth crores of rupees for different development projects have been given in the constituency.
"SAD leaders have been levelling futile and completely baseless allegations against me. It is the move by some SAD leaders who have vested interest as they want to personalise party affairs. I am ready to leave if they prove corruption charges against me", he said adding that he had not ignored Raja's family.
However, not only this, even Balwant Singh Shahpur who contested unsuccessfully on SAD's ticket against Sadhu Singh Dharamsot during the last assembly elections in 2012, has been sidelined. Shahpur, an outsider who was fielded from Amloh in the reserved Nabha constituency lost to Dharmsot by 22548 votes.
Factionalism in the SAD unit remained one of the reasons for the loss of the Akali Dal from the Nabha seat during last general assembly elections.