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SAD (Badal) Faces Rebellion After Candidates List; Sukhbir Badal Downplays Revolt

November 19, 2016 | By

Chandigarh: As per media reports, many leaders of the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) have turned rebels after announcement of first list of SAD (B) candidates for Punjab state assembly elections, 2017. However, SAD (B) chief and Punjab deputy CM Sukhbir Badal yesterday sought to downplay the reports of rebellion.

Swaran Singh Phillaur with Capt. Amarinder Singh (L), Sukhbir Badal (R) [File Photo]

Swaran Singh Phillaur with Capt. Amarinder Singh (L), Sukhbir Badal (R) [File Photo]

Reacting to former minister Sarwan Singh Phillaur’s resignation from SAD (Badal), Sukhbir said: “If Phillaur is upset with the party’s decision to not field him and has joined some other party, then what can we do? This is a democratic system.”

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On reports about some ticket aspirants raising the banner of revolt, especially in Patiala, Moga and Muktsar districts, Sukhbir Badal said, “There is no rebellion at all. The party workers are happy with the candidates announced in their constituencies and are working for them.”

Denied Ticket, SAD (Badal) Leader Phillaur Joins Congress Party:

Six-time MLA and former minister Sarwan Singh Phillaur joined the Congress today a day after he resigned from the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) after he was denied the ticket from his Kartarpur constituency.

The leader claimed that he felt victimised in the Akali Dal for being a Dalit leader and that his former party had been taken over by “dacoits and cheats” and “lost its principles”.

Denied ticket, Chander quits SAD (Badal):

Phillaur MLA and CPS Avinash Chander today quit the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), two days after the party gave the ticket from his constituency to former BSP leader Baldev Singh Khaira.

He submitted his resignation to SAD (Badal) chief and Punjab Deputy CM Sukhbir Badal and Vidhan Sabha Speaker Charanjit Singh Atwal. Speculation is rife that Chander will join the BSP and contest from Kartarpur.

“It isn’t about the ticket. It’s about some issues and concerns that I have to raise. Presently, I can’t speak about them, but I will soon reveal them at a press conference”, Chander reportedly said.

SAD faces rebellion over ticket to Makkar:

As per The Tribune (TT) Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) is facing a rebellion in Jalandhar for allotting the Jalandhar Cantt ticket to Kapurthala District Planning Committee president Sarabjit Singh Makkar.

“Amid allegations from senior party leaders against Makkar for being “tainted” and a “land grabber”, a nine-member committee has been formed to decide on the future course of action”, notes TT.

With the incumbent MLA from Jalandhar Cantt, Pargat Singh, joining the Navjot Singh Sidhu-led Awaaz-e-Punjab, the local SAD ticket has fallen into Makkar’s hands.

The committee opposing Makkar includes district chief Gurcharan Singh Channi, SGPC member Paramjit Singh Raipur and Senior Deputy Mayor Jalandhar Kamaljit Bhatia.

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