Akalis united, no dissension: Sukhbir
Fatehgarh Sahib, October 1
Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal dismissed talks of a rebellion brewing within his party’s ranks on Monday, saying they “stood united”.
“The SAD is united and there is no rebellion in the party,” Sukhbir said during a brief interaction with the press, dismissing rumours that there was resentment among Akali workers.
Badal’s statement comes two days after senior SAD leader Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, a member of parliament in Rajya Sabha, quit party posts citing his failing health. Despite clarifications, however, speculations continue to swirl that not all was well within the party.
The 81-year-old Dhindsa was the party’s secretary general and was also part of the party’s core committee. His resignation gave rival Congress ammunition to attack the party saying that the leader had “sacrificed” his political career due to “misdeeds” of former chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and his son Sukhbir Badal.
Dhindsa however said in his resignation letter to Badal that he would continue to be an “ordinary” member of the party.
Earlier in the day, he addressed workers in three separate assembly segments—Bassi Pathana, Sirhind, and Amloh—on Monday to galvanise his party before a mega rally in Patiala on October 7.
Patiala is Chief Minister Amarinder Singh’s home turf.