September 1, 2018 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Chandigarh: Senior leadership of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) on Thursday (Aug. 30) questioned the move of SAD legislators led by party president Sukhbir Singh Badal to boycott the debate on Justice Ranjit Singh (retd) Commission in Vidhan Sabha on Tuesday (Aug. 28). The issue was raised in the SAD core committee meeting in Chandigarh on Thursday.
As per media reports senior leadership of the party, including Tota Singh and Prem Singh Chandumajra, were among those who questioned the move and said that SAD legislators should have remained in the House during the debate to counter the Congress.
After SAD boycotted the debate, Congress legislators, especially Cabinet ministers and Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, made scathing attacks on SAD (Badal) patron Parkash Singh Badal, SAD president Sukhbir Badal and SAD legislator Bikram Singh Majithia in the debate which was telecast live and which continued till late on Tuesday.
“A number of core committee members raised the issue, but were told in the meeting that debate was boycotted because 14 minutes allocated to party were too little,” The Indian Express (IE) quoted a SAD (Badal) leader.
Meanwhile, the core committee decided that SAD would hold a ‘pol khol’ rally in Abohar, the home town of the Congress president Sunil Jakhar, and “it would show to them where the people of Punjab really stand”.