LUDHIANA: After the former Union Minister and Rajya Sabha member Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa on Tuesday proclaimed himself as the new president of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) at a meeting in Ludhiana’s Gurdwara Shaheedan in Model Town, the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) said it was illegal on his part to call his outfit ‘Shiromani Akali Dal’.
Dhindsa was working on the directions of the Congress as part of a larger conspiracy against the SAD, alleged SAD senior vice-president Dr Daljit Singh Cheema.
Cheema said, “No one can hold a mohalla-level meeting and make a wild claim about replacing a 100-year-old party. Dhindsa has the right to form a new party, but our objection is to the fraud committed by him by claiming the SAD as his party. Dhindsa had been a part of the SAD for long. He knows that there is a constitution and a party structure that elects the office-bearers as well as the president.”
At the meeting in Ludhiana, it was being expected that Dhindsa would announce a new political party. However, it took everyone by surprise when he claimed himself to be the new SAD chief.
Dhindsa said he would make every possible effort to “restore the glory” of both SGPC and the SAD.
Sukhdev Dhindsa added that he had already “expelled” Sukhbir Singh Badal from the party during a rally held in Sangrur on 23rd February.
Former SAD member also made an appeal to Taksali leader Ranjit Singh Brahmpura and other veteran party leaders to come together so that the Sikh community could achieve new heights.
Under his leadership, Dhindsa announced, the ‘SAD’ would contest the SGPC elections so that the Sikh body could be “freed from the clutches of the Badals” and to give punishment to those guilty of Panthic crimes.
Several senior leaders, including Sewa Singh Sekhwan, Parminder Singh Dhindsa, Jagdish Singh Garcha, Bir Devinder Singh, Paramjit Kaur Gulshan, Manjit Singh GK, Harjit Kaur Talwandi, Des Raj Singh Dhugga, and Sikh Students’ Federation activists Manjit Singh Bhoma and Paramjit Singh Khalsa were present on the occasion.