How Badal saved the day
Chandigarh, September 30
It took all of Parkash Singh Badal’s persuasive skills to save his party from being split vertically, with at least three Taksali leaders — MP Ranjit Singh Brahmpura, former MP Rattan Singh Ajnala and Sewa Singh Sekhwan — allegedly threatening to revolt and quit party posts.
At least two other Taksali leaders, one each from Majha and Malwa, were also reportedly approached. But they declined to join them late last night.
Since the resignation of Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa hit the party like a “bolt from the blue”, Senior Badal is learnt to have spoken directly to Brahmpura, the tallest leader among them, besides sending “emissaries” to ensure that the trio remain within the Party pold.
Brahmpura too had a conversation with party president Sukhbir Badal, following which he was “convinced” not to quit. This had a ripple effect and finally, the other two leaders relented too.
Senior leaders told The Tribune that talks between the two sides collapsed once this morning, with both sides unwilling to relent. Talks were resumed in the evening and the “matter was sorted out”.
By then, these leaders softened their stand, and addressed a “vague” press conference in Amritsar regarding some threat to Sikh institutions.
Speculation is also rife that the attempted rebellion was also a result of power equation within the Akali Dal in Majha region, where Bikram Majithia is becoming more powerful, especially after his success in the recent rural polls.