Rift within the ruling SAD-BJP alliance in Punjab came to the fore Monday with revenue minister Bikram Singh Majithia and BJP MP Navjot Singh Sidhu indulging in a war of words over appointment of the city's new mayor.
Enthused by SAD's emphatic entry into the urban areas in the recently held Municipal Corporation elections in which it won 24 seats, Majithia wants a Sikh belonging to the party to become the new Mayor while Sidhu is in favour of appointment of a BJP nominee to the post.
Quoting Akal Takht Jathedar Gurbachan Singh, Majithia said when head of the highest Sikh temporal seat is in favour of a Sikh for the mayoral office, then it should not be ignored.
However, Sidhu said it is the BJP's performance that helped Akalis to gain power in the state and therefore the mayoral seat should go to someone from the saffron party.
Sidhu also accused Majithia of fielding Independent rebel candidates against the BJP in the recently held municipal corporation elections, a charge outrightly rejected by Majithia who dared Sidhu to prove his allegations.