Vigilance raid: Miffed Ghubaya takes off turban before meeting CM Badal
A day after an engineering college run by his family in Fazilka district was raided by the vigilance bureau (VB), Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) MP Sher Singh Ghubaya met chief minister Parkash Singh Badal here on Wednesday, reportedly without wearing the traditional turban.punjab Updated: Dec 08, 2016 09:31 IST
A day after an engineering college run by his family in Fazilka district was raided by the vigilance bureau (VB), Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) MP Sher Singh Ghubaya met chief minister Parkash Singh Badal here on Wednesday, reportedly without wearing the traditional turban.
The move is being seen as a symbolic but strong way of lodging protest over his being humiliated by the party through the vigilance raids.
It is learnt that when Ghubaya called on Badal, he had his head covered with a ‘parna’ (scarf) and had taken off his turban.
The CM had apparently called the miffed Rai Sikh leader to placate him as the community has formidable presence in the border districts of Fazilka and Ferozepur.
The meeting was a part of SAD efforts to iron out the differences with Ghubaya, who was upset over the VB raids conducted at the Ghubaya College of Engineering and Technology at Sukhera Bodla village near Jalalabad in Fazilka district in the wake of reports that the MP’s son Devinder Singh was set to join the Congress.
Sources say the MP, who had defeated Congress stalwart Sunil Jakhar in 2014 Lok Sabha elections by a margin 31,420 votes and won five of the nine assembly segments, had a long meeting with Badal.
When contacted, the MP, however, refused to be drawn into a controversy over the issue, repeatedly saying that he was a “loyal soldier of the SAD” and blamed his rivals within the SAD for “spreading” reports about his son’s alleged attempts to join the Congress.
Sources say behind the scene parleys were still on with Ghubaya to assuage his hurt feelings.
During the raids on Monday and Tuesday, the VB had examined the records of the Ghubaya College in connection with alleged financial irregularities. The VB raids coincided with reports that the MP’s wife and son were likely to join the Congress.
First Published: Dec 08, 2016 09:29 IST