Tarn Taran BJP chief, 30 office-bearers quit
Upset over the appointment of local BJP leader Sarbjit Kaur Bath as chairperson of the Tarn Taran improvement trust, 31 office-bearers of the party, including district chief and six councillors, resigned on Wednesday.punjab Updated: Aug 11, 2016 11:41 IST
Upset over the appointment of local BJP leader Sarbjit Kaur Bath as chairperson of the Tarn Taran improvement trust, 31 office-bearers of the party, including district chief and six councillors, resigned on Wednesday.
After handing over his resignation to state BJP chief Vijay Sampla at Chandigarh, party’s district president Navreet Singh Shafipur said: “It’s pointless to be in a party that accommodates corrupt leaders. So, my entire team has quit.”
Shafipur said the state chief was told about the alleged “corrupt and anti-party activities” of Bath. “During the 2015 municipal council elections, she campaigned against the party candidates and supported rivals”, he alleged. Shafipur, who is considered close to Punjab local bodies minister Anil Joshi, said their meeting with the Sampla yielded no result as latter expressed his helplessness in the matter.
Among those who have resigned are two general secretaries, six vice-presidents, six secretaries and five mandal presidents. Among councillors who quit is Raja Joshi, the younger brother of Anil Joshi.
On her part, Bath said, “My appointment is party high command’s decision, not mine. So, every worker should respect it. Shafipur should prove the allegations he is levelling against me. I am a loyal party leader. How can I go against its interests?”