Brahm­pura play­ing pol­i­tics, says ex­pelled YAD leader

Six days af­ter Ran­jit Singh Brahm­pura’s show of strength, ex­youth Akali Dal mem­ber Iqbal Singh Sandhu or­gan­ises sim­i­lar event

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - PUNJAB - Anil Sharma

TARN TARAN: Tar­get­ing Khadoor Sahib MP Ran­jit Singh Brahm­pura, for­mer Youth Akali Dal core com­mit­tee mem­ber Iqbal Singh Sandhu said, Satur­day that the MP was play­ing dirty pol­i­tics in the name of Guru Granth Sahib.

Sandhu was ad­dress­ing a rally, in a show of strength, un­der the ban­ner of NGO Fateh Group at Piddi vil­lage in Khadoor Sahib con­stituency.

“Where was he when Bar­gari sac­ri­lege and Ko­takpura fir­ing took place? Why didn’t he raise his voice while he was en­joy­ing power?” asked Sandhu.

Sandhu, who is also the pres­i­dent of Fateh Group, or­gan­ised the rally six days af­ter Brahm­pura had held a sim­i­lar show tar­get­ing SAD pres­i­dent Sukhbir Singh Badal and for­mer min­is­ter Bikram Singh Ma­jithia at the historic Chohla Sahib vil­lage.

Brahm­pura had re­signed as SAD’S se­nior vice-pres­i­dent, core com­mit­tee mem­ber and chair­man of dis­ci­plinary com­mit­tee on Oc­to­ber 23.

Brahm­pura, along with for­mer MP Rat­tan Singh Aj­nala and ex-min­is­ter Sewa Singh Sekhwan, had raised a ban­ner of re­volt against Sukhbir.they had also boy­cotted the party’s Pa­tiala rally on Oc­to­ber 7.The party ex­pelled Sekhwan for ‘anti-party ac­tiv­i­ties’ on November 3.

Sandhu, who has also re­mained mem­ber of Pun­jab Subor­di­nate Ser­vices Se­lec­tion Board (PSSB) and district pres­i­dent of SAD’S youth wing, was ex­pelled from the party by ju­nior Badal for ‘anti-party ac­tiv­i­ties’ in March.

Af­ter his ex­pul­sion, Sandhu made Fateh Group and has been work­ing in Khadoor Sahib con­stituency. Sandhu has been claim­ing that Brahm­pura got him ex­pelled.

Ad­dress­ing the rally, Sandhu said, “Brahm­pura and his son Ravin­der Singh Brahm­pura en­joyed all the lux­u­ries when it was SAD govern­ment in Pun­jab. If Brahm­pura re­spected Guru Granth Sahib, he should have re­signed from all party posts.”

He said, “Ju­nior Brahm­pura fought by-elec­tions af­ter Congress MLA Ra­man­jit Singh Sikki re­signed, fol­low­ing the Bar­gari in­ci­dent. Af­ter win­ning the polls, in which Congress had boy­cotted, the fa­ther-son duo danced. This shows they have no re­spect for the holy book and are only greedy for posts.”

Sandhu also in­di­cated that he may fight next assem­bly elec­tions from Khadoor Sahib con­stituency. He said, “Peo­ple of Khadoor Sahib have been suf­fer­ing from prob­lems like cor­rup­tion, drugs, un­em­ploy­ment. I want to raise their prob­lems in Pun­jab assem­bly.”

Ravin­der Singh Brahm­pura, how­ever, said, “The rally was planned by Bikram Singh Ma­jithia just to tar­get our fam­ily. Bar­ing few peo­ple from Khadoor Sahib con­stituency, the gather­ing was mo­bilised from other con­stituen­cies.”

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For­mer SAD youth leader Iqbal Singh Sandhu ad­dress­ing a rally at Piddi vil­lage in Khadoor Sahib on Satur­day.

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