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BJP infighting over SAD: Som Parkash hits out at Grewal for speaking against alliance

Som Parkash said, “Who is Grewal to comment on the future of SAD-BJP alliance? Who has given him authority to speak on the issue in the media?”

punjab Updated: Oct 28, 2017 19:25 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
BJP,SAD,SGPC
Som Prakash, BJP MLA from Phagwara (HT File Photo)

A day after Punjab Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) vice-president Harjit Singh Grewal hit out at alliance partner Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and challenged it to fight elections alone, the saffron party’s own MLA from Phagwara Som Parkash on Saturday questioned the Grewal’s authority behind giving such statements.

Grewal was displaying anger after the SAD, and the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC)controlled by it, followed an Akal Takht edict to boycott a function held by the Rashtriya Sikh Sangat, a wing of BJP’s parent body Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS), to mark the 350th birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth Sikh guru.

“Who is Grewal to comment on the future of SAD-BJP alliance? Who has given him authority to speak on the issue in the media? Actually, Grewal is nobody to comment on the issue as future of any alliance is decided by the party high command, not by a small leader like Grewal,” said Parkash in a statement.

Parkash, who is a strong opponent of Grewal and is political guru and state BJP chief Vijay Sampla, said the party must take action.

“I even condemn statements of SGPC chief Kirpal Singh Badungar against the RSS over celebrating the birth anniversary of Shri Guru Gobind Singh ji. Even the SAD leadership should also ask the SGPC chief not to speak against the RSS as the organisation has always respected Sikh religion and has revered Sikh Gurus as our own Gurus,” said Parkash.

First Published: Oct 28, 2017 19:22 IST