Punjab

Accusing Majithia of running the mafia Akali govt- Phillaur

kaumimarg bureau | November 18, 2016 08:33 PM
Accusing Majithia of running the mafia Akali govt- Phillaur

Chandigarh

Accusing Punjab Revenue Minister Bikram Singh Majithia of de-facto running the Akali government to unleash a state-wide mafia rule, former senior party leader Sarwan Singh Phillaur on Friday joined the Congress along with 16 other Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leaders and workers.They were welcomed into the Punjab Congress fold by party president Captain Amarinder Singh, who also hailed the joining of AAP’s Surinder Singh Ryait, Senior Vice President Trade, Transport and Industry Cell, and a former SAD political advisor.

Phillaur said he and his son were framed in the Bhola drugs case and claimed that all the accused had named Majithia as the kingpin in the case. “We were not asked, else we would also have named Majithia,” he said in response to a question from mediapersons, charging the Akali government with trying to protect the minister.Though he had worked honestly and ceaselessly for 40 years, Majithia was not happy with his seniority and did not like the rise of a Dalit in the party, Phillaur said in response to questions.

 Captain Amarinder welcomed the new joinees into the Congress, saying the move would help further strengthen the party ahead of the forthcoming Assembly elections. The fact that many senior Akali leaders were leaving the party showed that Parkash Singh Badal’s hold on it was fast disappearing and Sukhbir Singh Badal was calling the shots. In fact, said Captain Amarinder, Sukhbir had systematically finished Senior Badal’s erstwhile kitchen cabinet and had brought in his own peopleRyait said he was disenchanted with AAP, with which he had been associated for the past six months, as they had proved to be against Punjab and Punjabis.

A former cabinet minister, Phillaur, who quit SAD on Thursday, expressed his disillusionment with the Akalis, saying the party had changed for the worse over the years. He accused SAD of digressing from its basic principles, including Dalit protection, and said the party had now become Sukhbir’s and Majithia’s Akali Dal, with no place for the old guard or Dalits like him, who were being denied representation.

Phillaur said he had been ignored by the Akalis for being a Dalit, as was evident from the fact that tickets had been given to many leaders accused or convicted in criminal cases. “Senior Badal himself told me that Sukhbir is running the show and did not respect his seniority,” said Phillaur Not only had he been denied appropriate housing but his son was also booked under a conspiracy by Majithia, Phillaur said, denying any complicity in any drugs case.

 

Phillaur pointed out that though chargesheets in the drugs case had been filed neither he nor his son had been named in the same, clearly indicating a conspiracy against them. He expressed the apprehension that SAD would again try to defame him and his son by either reviving the case or implicating them in a new case.

 

Phillaur reiterated that he had resigned from the state cabinet, where he was a minister, on moral grounds, and his decision had been welcomed by one and all.

 

Pointing out that there was a total collapse of law and order in the state under the rule of SAD, which had even sold Punjab’s interest on the SYL issue, Phillaur asserted that only Captain Amarinder could save the state from the jungle raj unleashed by the corrupt and mafia government, which was actually being run by Majithia.

 

In response to a question, Phillaur denied any connection with drug lord Raja Kandola and reiterated that the whole conspiracy was unleashed against him and his son by the Akalis.

Other Akali leaders to join the Congress on this occasion were Sarup Singh Dhesi (former SGPC member), Hansraj Rana (National Junior Vice President, SC Wing, SAD Punjab), Gurmeet Singh (Circle President, Phillaur SAD), Ajaib Singh (Former Chairman, Market Committee Phillaur), Ram Parkash (Former Market Committee Member Phillaur Saifabad), Nirpal Singh (Senior Vice President SAD), Harbhajan Singh Khaira (General Secretary, SAD), Bhupinder Singh (General Secretary, Circle Phillaur, SAD), Lakhwinder Singh Motipur (Member, Market Committee, Phillaur), Rana Iqbal Singh (Senior Vice President SAD, Dosanjh), Ranjit Singh Pola (President Youth Wing, Circle Phillaur), Sukhpal Veer Singh Ruby (Senior Vice President, SAD), Kamaljit Singh Ghumman (Senior Vice President, Doaba Zone SAD), Harnek Singh Grewal (Senior Vice President, SAD), Simranjit Singh (Vice President, Youth Wing, Phillaur), Lakhvir Singh Lambardar (President Cooperative Society, Aujla), Jaswinder Singh Peeta (General Secretrary, SAD), Rampal Kaali (Block Samiti Member Garri Maha Singh Phillaur) and Harmesh Kumar Kala (Youth SAD Wing President Rigti).

 

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