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Horse trading on in SGPC election: Dal Khalsa

The Dal Khalsa has accused the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) of luring and threatening candidates belonging to Panthic Morcha to ensure their withdrawal from the SGPC poll by August 26 — the last date of withdrawal of nomination papers for the September 18 elections.

Written by Express News Service | Jalandhar |
August 25, 2011 12:04:41 am

The Dal Khalsa has accused the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) of luring and threatening candidates belonging to Panthic Morcha to ensure their withdrawal from the SGPC poll by August 26 — the last date of withdrawal of nomination papers for the September 18 elections.

In a written statement,senior party leader Kanwar Pal Singh claimed that horse trading was in full swing to ensure that the maximum number of SAD nominees get elected unopposed — especially in Majha belt.

He listed several names,including Satbir Singh Bajaj,Jasbir Singh Jassa,Satnam Singh Manawan,Gurbachan Singh,Pardeep Singh Walia,Satvinder Kaur,Ranbir Kaur and Charanjit Singh,who were allegedly being approached by SAD leaders to withdraw their nomination papers in lieu of money or political adjustment.

“Senior leaders of SAD were approaching the candidates of different parties that are part of the Morcha in all constituencies. They are luring them with promises of making them members through co-option or offering them cash. In Majha region,some police officers behaving like district Akali jathedars’ were also assigned the task to win over the candidates,” he alleged.

Singh claimed that the frontal faces to execute this move were Bhai Manjit Singh and Bhai Ram Singh,who ditched Simranjit Singh Mann and joined the Badal-led Akali Dal a few days ago. However,he added,both were remote-controlled by Youth Akali leader Bikramjit Singh Majithia,who is hell bent on projecting himself as the unchallenged leader of the SAD in the Majha belt.

Blaming the chairman of the Gurdwara Election Commission for conniving with the ruling party,Singh said the Commission has given enough time for horse trading to take place — the panel has given 10 days time to withdrawal nomination papers following scrutiny.

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