Kin of Majitha Cong leader cry vendetta
The kin of Balwinder Singh, president of Majitha Congress block committee, today alleged that he had been a victim of vendetta politics of SAD leader Bikram Singh Majithia and had been implicated in a false case of attempted murder. The Majitha MLA however refuted the charges.punjab Updated: Apr 11, 2012 20:58 IST
The kin of Balwinder Singh, president of Majitha Congress block committee, alleged on Wednesday that he had been a victim of vendetta politics of SAD leader Bikram Singh Majithia and had been implicated in a false case of attempted murder. The Majitha MLA however refuted the charges.
Harleen Kaur, a BTech student studying in Chandigarh and preparing for her semester examinations, said her father Balwinder Singh was now behind bars. Their mother Kuldip Kaur, a former sarpanch of their native village Mararri Kalan, too was not there to comfort her and her two sisters as Kuldip too has been on the run for the last four years after being declared a proclaimed offender in a case of alleged embezzlement of panchayat funds during her tenure when the Congress was in power in the state from 2002-07.
"The only crime of my father is that he refused to buckle under pressure and join the ruling SAD. He has been implicated in a false case," claimed Harleen while talking to mediapersons here on Wednesday.
Supporting her allegations, Sukhjinder Raj Singh Lalli Majithia, who was also present, alleged that Balwinder was falsely implicated in an attempt to murder case and sent in judicial custody on Tuesday.
Lalli Majithia, who had contested the last assembly polls from Majitha as an Independent after being denied the Congress ticket, had lost to the SAD's Bikram Singh Majithia. Though he was expelled from the Congress for contesting as a rebel, a majority of the Congress workers in Majitha had lent him support.
Lalli Majithia claimed that the case in which Balwinder was booked was registered on January 4, 2012 against his brother Jagwinder Singh and others. He alleged that Balwinder's name was added in the case later on after the elections as he supported him against Majithia.
"The elder Badal should visit Majitha and see for himself the vendetta let loose by his revenue minister. Vendetta politics is prevalent on a wide scale in this constituency and whoever opposes Bikram Majithia is booked in false cases," he alleged.
Harleen alleged that her family had been on the hit list of Majithia for the past five years. She alleged that her father had five cases slapped against him, including a car theft case. Even her paternal uncle and cousin have not been spared, she claimed.
"I appeal to 'nanhi chhan' (Bathinda MP Harsimrat Badal) to take notice of the plight of the three sisters who are without their mother and father. After a two-month reprieve, the vendetta against our family has again started," she said, pointing out that it was on April 8 that her father went "missing" and was traced a day later at a police station.
Majithia denies charges
Majthia described the charges as false and fabricated. He pointed out that the case in which Balwinder had been booked was registered well before the election campaign on the directions of the election commission.
He pointed out that the case pertained to the attack by Congress workers on his party workers near Pandori Warach village. "No one can be allowed to take the law in their hands. The SAD-BJP government is committed to maintaining law and order in the state," he said.
On charges that he had targeted those who had opposed him in the polls or had refused to join the SAD, Majithia said, "These allegations are being made by a man (Lalli) who had lost to me by over 47,000 votes. He is a frustrated man who was first rejected by the Congress and replaced as district Congress chief. He was then denied the ticket for the assembly polls and expelled by the party. Ultimately, he was rejected by the people of Majitha."
First Published: Apr 11, 2012 20:54 IST