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Tota Singh honours sarpanches and panches in rival's constituency

The rift between former agriculture minister Tota Singh and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) MLA from Nihal Singh Wala Rajwinder Kaur Bhagike widened on Friday after Tota Singh showed his strength in Nihal Singh Wala, from where Bhagike is the sitting MLA.

punjab Updated: Jul 13, 2013 00:27 IST
Surinder Maan

The rift between former agriculture minister Tota Singh and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) MLA from Nihal Singh Wala Rajwinder Kaur Bhagike widened on Friday after Tota Singh showed his strength in Nihal Singh Wala, from where Bhagike is the sitting MLA.

Tota Singh organised a function at Gurdwara Takhtupura Sahib in Nihal Singh Wala on Friday to honour his supporter sarpanches and panchayats who had recently won the elections.

Bhagike and her supporters did not attend the function and also opposed it. SAD MP Paramjeet Kaur Gulshan, though, attended the function.

There are 68 villages in Nihal Singh Wala constituency and the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) candidates won on 50 seats in the panchayat elections.

Tota Singh claimed that 44 panchayats of his group had won the election and he honoured them at Takhtupura Sahib. "Only four panchayats of the Bhagike group had won the elections in Nihal Singh Wala constituency and there is no base of Bhagike group in Nihal Singh Wala," claimed the former minister.

During the show of strength at Takhtupura, Tota Singh claimed that most of the panchayats from Nihal Singh Wala were his supporters.

On the other hand, Faridkot MP Paramjeet Kaur Gulshan took this opportunity for campaigning for the Lok Sabha elections and she appealed the people gathered there to gear up for the elections. On this occasion, several members of the SGPC, block samiti, zila parishad and senior Akali leaders were present. Davinder Singh Ranian, general secretary of SAD (North America), who got serious injuries in a clash during the panchayat election, also attended the function.

"We have been supporting Tota Singh for years because he helped us in our bad times. No doubt Tota Singh has won the assembly seat from Dharamkot, but how can we forget his sympathy towards us," said SGPC member Narinder Kaur.

Bhagike, when contacted, claimed, "There were only 10 panchayats of the Tota Singh group which had won the panchayat elections."