Punjab polls: Local SAD leaders up in arms against Mohali ticket to Sohana

Parvinder Singh Sohana, 41, was declared as the SAD candidate from Mohali on Saturday; a day later, local Akali leaders complained they were not consulted
Parvinder Singh Sohana said there can be differences in a family, but these will be sorted out and SAD will put up a united face to win the elections. (HT Photo)
Parvinder Singh Sohana said there can be differences in a family, but these will be sorted out and SAD will put up a united face to win the elections. (HT Photo)
Published on Jan 17, 2022 02:15 AM IST
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Shiromani Akali Dal’s (SAD) decision to pick Parvinder Singh Sohana, 41, as its candidate from Mohali for the upcoming state assembly elections has not gone down well with the local leaders.

Strongly opposing Sohana’s candidature, they said the party did not take their views before giving him a ticket and they will hold a meeting on Monday to decide the further course of action.

Avtar Singh Mauli, SAD leader and block samiti member from Mauli Baidwan, said the party allotted the ticket without consulting any member. “Sohana is not acceptable to us, we oppose his candidature,” he said.

Stating that all local leaders were upset with the decision, Gurmeet Singh Shampur, senior vice-president of SAD’s BC cell, Mohali, said on Monday, around 30 leaders, including sarpanches, block samiti and zila parishad members, will hold a meeting regarding this, followed by a media interaction.

Another senior Akali leader, on the condition of anonymity, said several senior leaders met on Sunday as well and decided to convey their dejection to party chief Sukhbir Singh Badal. “How can the party give the ticket to a traitor, who deserted the party?” he questioned.

On the other hand, speaking to HT, Sohana said there can be differences in a family, but these will be sorted out. “SAD will put up a united face and win the elections with a thumping majority,” he said.

A former Labourfed chairman, Sohana, who was holding the post of Youth Akali Dal (Mohali) president, left the SAD in January last year before the municipal corporation elections, owing to differences with former member of Parliament Prem Singh Chandumajra.

He joined hands with the Azad group, led by former mayor Kulwant Singh, following which the SAD expelled him from the party. In the elections, the Azad group won 11 of the total 50 seats, with his wife, Harjinder Kaur, being one of the group’s winning candidates. While 37 seats went to Congress, the SAD drew a blank.

Later in October last year, Sohana, along with his wife and supporters, returned to the SAD in the presence of party president Sukhbir Singh Badal, who assured him and his team members due honour and recognition in the party.

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    Hillary Victor is a Principal Correspondent at Chandigarh. He covers Chandigarh administration, municipal corporation and all political parties.

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