SAD-Joshi row: State BJP chief to take up matter with Akali high command

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Amritsar
  • Updated: Apr 22, 2015 23:20 IST

A day after the local unit of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) demanded the removal of Punjab local bodies minister Anil Joshi, state BJP chief Kamal Sharma said he would take up the matter with the SAD high command.

Sharma, who was here on Wednesday to meet party workers, said, “It is very unfortunate that Akali leaders are giving such statements. It is for the SAD high command to decide how to react to these statements.”

The local SAD unit has already announced that it would stage a protest during the May 2 visit of BJP president Amit Shah if Joshi is not removed.

The Akali unit, led by its district (urban) chief Upkar Singh Sandhu, had launched an attack on the cabinet minister, accusing him of favouritism and encouraging illegal encroachments.

Sandhu had said that if Shah did not get Joshi removed from the cabinet, the SAD, along with residents, would protest during his visit.

The local SAD had also requested chief minister Parkash Singh Badal to intervene and get Joshi removed from the cabinet.
When asked why Joshi was being targeted by the SAD, Sharma said, “I can’t say anything on that.”

Meanwhile, upset over the SAD charges against Joshi, local BJP leaders, mostly from the Joshi group, on Wednesday met Sharma and apprised him of the situation.

The BJP leaders, while terming the SAD statements as unfortunate, alleged that the local Akali unit was unnecessarily making such allegations and the BJP needed to react to the same.

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