SENIOR SHIROMANI Akali Dal leaders, Rajya Sabha member Balwinder Singh Bhunder and Lok Sabha MP Prem Singh Chandumajra, on Sunday expressed surprise over party’s Lok Sabha MP from Khadoor Sahib Ranjit Singh Brahmpura suddenly contradicting the claims he made a few days ago about having no differences with the party leadership on any issue and that the only reason he was resigning from party posts was his ‘age-related health issues’.
“Today, suddenly, he has brought up other issues which he had never spoken about either on the party platform or outside, “ a press release by SAD quoting Bhunder and Chandumajra said.
The Akali leaders said that “it does not behove a leader of Brahampura’s seniority to talk about his differences with the party leadership over the issue of sacrilege because he had got his son to contest on the party ticket from a seat vacated by Congress leader Ramanjit Singh Sikki precisely on the issue of sacrilege of Shri Guru Granth Sahib. At that time, because he wanted the party ticket for his son, Brahampura Sahib pleaded with the party leadership that sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib was not the issue and that the Congress was merely politicising it. And now, suddenly it has become an issue for Brahampura sahib. This resort to untruths contradicts his own conduct in the past.”
The Akali leaders recalled that Brahmpura was “in the forefront of the party’s resolution expressing total faith in the leadership of Sukhbir Singh Badal immediately after the results of the Vidhan Sabha poll were declared”.
“On several other occasions, he strongly reaffirmed his faith in the leadership of Sukhbir Singh Badal. So what has happened between today and his last press conference in which he again said that he had no differences with Sukhbir Singh and that the only reason he was resigning from party posts was his poor health which did not allow him to perform his duties towards the party and the people” said the Akali leaders adding that Brahampura “seems to have some other issues to settle with the party leadership.”
“Otherwise, none of the issues he has raised is new. If he felt strongly about any of these issues and differed with the approach adopted by the party, he could and should have made those differences public then. Seven years is a long time to keep quiet if you feel strongly about something. It is not in good taste to enjoy all the privileges of power in the Akali government and also enjoy perks as a Member of the Parliament as an Akali up to this day and yet turn around and claim things which never occurred to him in the past,” said the Akali leaders.