ALMOST two months after he was suspended by the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), suspended MLA from Jalandhar Cantonment constituency Pargat Singh resigned from the party Monday. He resigned on the sidelines of the ongoing Assembly session.
In his resignation letter addressed to party president Sukhbir Singh Badal, Pargat accused him of betraying the trust of people of Punjab. “I resign from the primary membership of the party. You (Sukhbir) have betrayed the trust of people of Punjab,” he wrote in his letter.
With the resignation, Jalandhar Cantt constituency is vacant again months before the elections for the second time in a row.
Pargat was placed under suspension on July 19 for “anti-party” activities.
He began his political career from SAD after taking premature retirement from his posting as Superintendent of Police (SP) in the Punjab Police as well as leaving all other sports engagements. He joined the party in the beginning of 2012, just before the assembly elections.
He was promised that if SAD was voted to power, he will get free hand in improving the field of sports facilities in the state but nothing of the sort happened. And then the solid waste management issue came his way and he opened a front against his own government. His rejection of the post of Chief Parliamentary Secretary (CPS) May this year also infuriated the party high command.
Five years ago, the Jalandhar Cantt assembly constituency had found itself in a similar situation.
The seat had fallen vacant in April 2011, almost 10 months before the 2012 assembly elections, after Jagbir Brar, who is now Congress leader, resigned as SAD candidate to join his cousin (Manpreet Badal’s People’s Party of Punjab (PPP).