SAD STORY: PARTY, NOT FAM­ILY, IS SUPREME

Hindustan Times (Bathinda) - - Ht Punjab & Haryana -

The tak­sali lead­ers’ re­volt ap­pears to have made Shi­ro­mani Akali Dal (SAD) pres­i­dent Sukhbir Singh Badal

change his style of func­tion­ing, or at least that’s what he is try­ing to show. At an event in Bathinda last week, Sukhbir was asked about the party can­di­dates for the Lok Sabha elec­tions and his re­sponse was that the party’s core com­mit­tee will de­cide. On be­ing told that his wife, Union food pro­cess­ing in­dus­tries min­is­ter Har­sim­rat Kaur Badal, has rub­bished spec­u­la­tions about shift­ing to the Ferozepur Lok Sabha seat, say­ing that she has en­sured all-round devel­op­ment in her Bathinda con­stituency, the SAD chief said she can­not take de­ci­sions that rest with the core com­mit­tee. The ef­fort is to show that party, not fam­ily, is supreme as the Badals have been ac­cused of run­ning the party like their fief­dom.

Sukhbir Singh Badal

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