Barnala family's Congress linkages exposed by Simarpreet's candidature: Sukhbir Badal

March 27, 2015 05:06 PM

DHURI: Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president and Deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal today said the Congress linkages of the Barnala family which were always used against the interests of the State had finally been exposed with the family now contesting the by-election from this constituency on the Congress ticket. 

Addressing a gathering here and during interaction with newsmen later, the SAD president said contesting this by election on the Congress ticket by Simarpreet Singh, the grand son of Mr Surjit Singh Barnala, was not an act of isolation. "In fact it is a continuation of Mr Barnala's close coordination with the Congress during the turbulent period in Sikh history", he added.

Mr Badal also pointed out that Mr Barnala had used the name of the late Sant Harchand Singh Longowal to further his political career. "He never followed the ideals of Sant ji but instead used Sant ji to grab political power in Punjab in collaboration with the Congress party". He said the deep seated conspiracy hatched by Mr Barnala to undermine the SAD on the directions of the Congress had been further exposed by Simarpreet's candidature. He said it was strange and even condemnable on the part of the Barnala family that Simarpreet had been fielded on the Congress ticket against SAD candidate Gobind Singh Longowal, the political heir of Sant Longowal.

The SAD President also oversaw the preparations for the party campaign including welcoming Dhuri Congress block president Jarnail Singh, five Congress Sarpanches and six former Sarpanches into the SAD fold. He also asked SAD leaders to start campaigning in the areas assigned to them.

SAD mp and senior leader Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa said the by election had provided an immense opportunity to the people of Dhuri to kick start development of their constituency by electing a SAD legislator. He also lauded the panthic credentials of Mr Gobind Singh Longowal as well as the heritage he represented.

Others present on the occasion included Advisor to chief minister Maheshinder Singh Grewal, ministers Tota Singh, Ajit Singh Kohar, Janmeja Singh Sekhon, Parminder Singh Dhindsa, Sohan Singh Thandal and Dr Daljit Singh Cheema. Senior leaders including Bibi Jagir Kaur and Suchha Singh Langah besides a large number of legislators and district presidents were also present on the occasion

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