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Badals in cahoots with Capt, their buses ply sans permits: Dhindsas

February 24, 2020 05:30 AM

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Badals in cahoots with Capt, their buses ply sans permits: Dhindsas
‘SAVE PANTH, SAVE PUNJAB’ RALLY: Taksalis say arrogant Sukhbir pushed Akali Dal to the brink

Rebel Shiromani Akali Dal leaders and others during the ‘Save Panth, Save Punjab’ rally in Sangrur on Sunday. HT photo
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SANGRUR : Accusing the Badals of being hand in glove with Punjab chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh, rebel Akali leader Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa and his MLA son Parminder Singh Dhindsa said the family’s businesses continue to grow even as the Congress has been in power in the state for three years.

Addressing the ‘Save Panth, Save Punjab’ rally in Sangrur town, Dhindsa senior said, “Nobody stops his (Shiromani Akali Dal chief Sukhbir Singh Badal’s) buses that are plying without permits as usual. Nobody touched their cable business till today.”

The rally was attended by SAD (Taksali) leaders Ranjit Singh Brahmpura, Sewa Singh Sekhwan, SAD (1920) leader Ravi Inder Singh, former MP Balwant Singh Ramoowalia, former deputy speaker Bir Devinder Singh, ex-president of Delhi Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee Manjit Singh GK and former Akal Takht jathedar Ranjit Singh.

On February 2, Sukhbir Singh Badal held a rally at the same venue.

The speakers questioned the SAD chief’s panthic vision, saying they will first contest the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) elections and then the Punjab assembly polls in 2022. They passed a resolution to dismiss Sukhbir from the SAD president’s post and to free Sikh institutions from the clutches of the Badal family.

“It was a panthic assembly. Today’s gathering was much bigger than the Badals’ February 2 rally here. Also, we will get support from the Bains brothers of the Lok Insaf Party (LIP) and senior advocate HS Phoolka. We want to bring down an arrogant Sukhbir. He managed crowd with his money but today people from different walks of life reached here in their vehicles,” said Dhindsa.

The Rajya Sabha member also lashed out at SGPC chief Gobind Singh Longowal for allegedly misusing funds to manage crowd for the February 2 rally.

Parminder Dhindsa alleged that Sukhbir’s so-called ‘panthic politics’ pushed the party to the brink.

“We apologise for the delay in our decision to stand against the wrongdoings in the party. We should have done it earlier,” the rebel Akali leader said.

“Even if we don’t come to power, we will not allow the gurdwaras to be under control of the Badals. I wish Parkash Singh Badal a long life so that he could see how people will reject them,” added junior Dhindsa.

SAD (Taksali) chief Brahmpura said, “Sukhbir can’t tell the names of 10 Sikh Gurus and the four sahibzaade. SAD is not the Badals’ property.

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