Says supports Manpreet; does not rule out going back to the Congress
Former Punjab Deputy Speaker Bir Devinder Singh resigned from the Shiromani Akali Dal on Sunday. He had joined the party one-and-a-half years ago after quitting Congress. He hinted that he might join the ousted finance minister Manpreet Singh Badal or even go back to the Congress.
In a press statement,Singh said: It is now almost a year and a half since I bade adieu to the Congress I served for more than three decades,which is certainly the major chunk of my life,occasioned by the fate of unsuccessful attempts of the dependents of the 1984 riot-victims for their rehabilitation and the cruel jokes played upon them by the perpetrators of the crime in the precincts of the temples of justice. The issue of the fate of riot victims dominated my thought process. It has skimmed forth the fact that even SAD lacks sincerity of purpose and deliberately avoided to bring an end to the appalling state of affairs riot victims are confronted with. The issue of the victims of the genocide in Delhi has never been discussed with me on any party forum till date despite the fact that I resigned from the Congress on this issue alone. I am of the firm view that the party lacks vision and perspective on the issue. SAD failed miserably to comprehend the tragic dimensions of the sufferings of the victims of the Sikh riots in Delhi in 1984. Therefore,I declare to have snapped all my links with the SAD.
He added: I will be politically unattached and independent,and free to take the challenges of corrupt power brokers and feudal lords,who have enslaved the democratic polity. I will decide the future course of action very soon,in consultation with the people from a wider spectrum. All options are open. I have even talked to Manpreet Singh Badal as I have supported his idea on fiscal situation and reforms in the state.
When asked if he would go back to the Congress,he did not rule out such a possibility. Besides SAD,all options are open, he said.