Former cabinet minister Harmel Singh Tohra said Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Badal refused him a ticket by saying that his family does not have enough money to contest polls.
“Sukhbir Badal has no value of social service, honesty and loyalty. He doesn’t like honest people. Sukhbir wants to loot people, befool them and make false promises to them. His only motive is to loot public money and then use this ill-gotten money in elections to purchase votes,’’ said Tohra in Madaur village of Patiala (rural) assembly segment.
Harmel is son-in-law of Akali stalwart late Gurcharan Singh Tohra. And he is miffed after the SAD cut his wife Kuldeep Kaur’s ticket from Patiala rural seat, where SAD president has handpicked Youth Akali Dal leader Satbir Singh Khatra.
“I have personally witnessed the imperial mindset of Sukhbir, when he said –Tuhade kol paise nahi han, is lai ticket nahi deni—(Your family has not enough money for elections, thus ticket is denied),’’ he said.
“Tohra supporters are present in entire Punjab, and they will not forgive Sukhbir for this misdeed,’’ he said and added he would continue to raise voice against corruption.