SAD divided over Bhatti's appointment as Halqa in charge

  • Ketan Gupta Ketan Gupta, Hindustan Times, Fatehgarh Sahib
  • Updated: Jan 23, 2015 00:04 IST

Appointment of Didar Singh Bhatti as halqa in charge of Fatehgarh Sahib has led to a split within Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) as Prem Singh Chandumajra's supporter are making their dissent public against this decision by the party chief.

SAD observer Santa Singh Umaidpuri had appointed Bhatti as halqa in charge of Fatehgarh Sahib as per the orders of party chief and deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Wednesday.

Chandumajra supporters held a meeting here on Thursday in which they handed over a memorandum to Sanata Singh Umaidpuri demanding him to reconsider the decision.

Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee executive committee member Karnail Singh Panjoli said that when the party declined to give him a ticket during assembly elections, Bhatti betrayed the party by fighting against SAD.

"He was the one responsible for all the credibility loss of the party," Panjoli added.

Chairman of zila parishad Baljeet Singh Bhutta said, "Even if Bhatti is halqa in charge, we will not obey his orders. For the municipal council elections we will constitute a separate 21 member committee, so that he does not get to contribute much during elections."

Addressing the local village sarpanchs Bhutta said that the local leaders should not get scared of anything or anyone and that he would stand by them always.

However, one among all the leaders present there, Devender Singh said that Bhatti is a land mafia and promotes drugs in the state. "Using his clout as a politician, he acquired hundreds of acres of land. So, the party should reconsider the decision and appoint a man who has a clean record and will work for the people," he said.

When asked to comment on the issue, SAD's Fatehgarh observer Santa Singh Umaidpuri said, "I have done my duty and executed the directions of party chief. However, I will take their demands to Sukhbir Singh Badal and work as a mediator."

Didar Singh Bhatti refuted all the allegations against him and called them baseless. He said that he would perform the responsibility showered upon him by the party to the best of his efforts.

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