Tribune News Service
Bathinda, January 12
The induction of Congress leader Harminder Singh Jassi’s close aide Iqbal Singh Dhillon into the SAD today triggered revolt in the Bathinda unit of the SAD. Four senior councillors, who are close aide of SAD leader Sarup Chand Singla, and a few former office-bearers resigned from the primary membership of the party.
The councillors claimed that they were feeling sidelined and outsiders were being imposed on them by the party high command. The outsiders were dictating terms to them, while elected representatives were being ignored, which was the major reason behind taking the step.
The four councillors who have resigned from the SAD are Harmander Singh Sidhu, Nirmal Singh Sandhu, Baljit Singh Sra and Rajinder Singh Sidhu. Both Harmander and Nirmal Singh are Finance and Contract Committee (F&CC) members and were the one allegedly managing affairs of the Mayor during this tenure.
While addressing a press conference, Harmander Singh Sidhu along with other councillors claimed that they were resigning from the primary membership of the party and they would take further decision of joining any party or not after consulting their supporters in their areas.
While replying to a query of mediapersons, SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal said, “People come and go in the party, so these people who have resigned will have no impact on the party. We have accepted their resignation.”