SAD tells AAP not to equate a subservient and spineless CM who had betrayed Punjab and Punjabis with the true lion of Punjab – Maharaja Ranjit Singh

Chandigarh, June 16 – The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) today condemned the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) for equating a subservient and spineless leader who had betrayed Punjab and Punjabis – Bhagwant Mann with the true lion of Punjab and leader of the Khalsa Raj – Maharaja Ranjit Singh.In a statement here, senior SAD leader Dr Daljit Singh Cheema while condemning education minister Harjot Bains with fomenting mischief and deliberately tarnishing the image of Maharaja Ranjit Singh at the instance of his Delhi masters, said “Bains is free to extol AAP rule as he so desires but comparing the secular and epoch making rule of the great Maharaja with the corrupt, lawless and immoral rule of Bhagwant Mann is an affront to Punjabis”.Dr Cheema said the comparison was a new low in Punjabi politics. “It seems there is no level to which the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) can’t stoop to divert attention from its abysmal failures. The comparison with Maharaja Ranjit Singh is another ploy to divert discussion away from the real issues of Punjab including corruption, breakdown in law and order, discontinuation of social welfare benefits to the disadvantaged sections of society and failure to rein in immoral activities of AAP ministers and legislators”.Showing the mirror to AAP, Dr Cheema said while Maharaja Ranjit Singh was known for turning the tide of invasion back into the homelands of the traditional conquerors of India, Bhagwant Mann had signed away the governance of Punjab by signing a memorandum of understanding (mou) with the Delhi government to allow it to administer Punjab at its whims and fancies. “This is not all, instead of reclaiming territory which once belonged to Punjab; Bhagwant Mann is bent upon signing away Punjab’s rights to Chandigarh by refusing to take a stand against Haryana’s bid to establish a separate Vidhan Sabha in the union territory”. Dr Cheema said the chief minister had even faulted on the religious front by becoming a party to breaking the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) by submitting an affidavit in the court to this effect. “This paved the way for the formation of a separate gurdwara committee for Haryana”, he added.Asserting that chief minister Bhagwant Mann had other dubious firsts to this credit which had brought shame on AAP, Dr Cheema said “the chief minister has failed to take definite action against the corrupt, including ministers”. He said the chief minister had failed to register any case against former minister Dr Vijay Singla after dismissing him on corruption charges. “Similarly no action has been taken against former minister Fauja Singh Sarari who was accused of extortion with a tape regarding this already in public domain”. Dr Cheema also highlighted how the chief minister continued to shield the immoral activities of food and civil supplies minister Lalchand Kataruchak who had sexually exploited a scheduled caste man besides failing to take action against the family of Jalalabad legislator Jagdeep Kamboj who was involved in a sex trade extortion racket.

Bikram Singh Majithia urges Governor to order probe against the Pb govt SIT as well as all others who had colluded to intimidate the victim who had accused cabinet minister Kataruchak’s of sexually exploiting him.

Chandigarh, June 13 - Former minister and senior Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader Bikram Singh Majithia today urged Punjab Governor Banwarilal Purohit to order an inquiry against the Punjab government SIT as well as all others who had intimidated the victim who had accused cabinet minister Lalchand Kataruchak of sexually exploiting him and forced him to retract his statement.In a statement here, Mr Bikram Majithia said while he had earlier requested the Governor and UT Administrator to order the Chandigarh police to register a case against Kataruchak, now it had become pertinent to probe the sequence of events whereby the victim was forced to withdraw his accusations against the minister. “It seems chief minister Bhagwant Mann’s earlier statement that all SITs were ‘besitte’ (without any meaning) was true. It is now clear the SIT was formed to give a clean chit to the minister and that it also caused the victim to retract his allegations”.Urging the Governor to act to save values in civil society, Mr Majithia said “it is shocking that a predator has been given a clean chit by the State. This puts civil society to risk. Besides urging the Governor to take appropriate steps to ensure justice for the Dalit youth who had been sexually exploited on the promise of a job, he also urged all political parties to unite on this issue and boycott and protest against the minister”.Asserting that the chief minister’s love for Kataruchak had come in the way of taking action against him, Mr Majithia said it was condemnable that that the chief minister had not sacked Kataruchak despite specific advise to do so by the constitutional head of the State.Meanwhile while reacting to the second repetitive increase in petrol and diesel by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government, the SAD leader said diesel had become Rs 4.25 per litre more expensive in Punjab vis a vis Himachal, Rs 5.25 per litre more expensive than Haryana and Rs 6 per litre more expensive than Haryana. “This increase also exposes the hollow claims of this so called aam aadmi government which has given 300 units free power to the people and immediately imposed a Rs 2,000 crore burden on them in the form of increased VAT. If we take into account all the social welfare benefits which have been snatched from the people including Shagun scheme, medical insurance, SC scholarship, free cycles for girls and many others then this burden is much more”.  He also advised finance minister Harpal Cheema not to try to explain the burden imposed on the common man with lies and demanded that the increase in VAT be withdrawn immediately.Mr Majithia also condemned collapse of law and order in the State, asserting recent Rs 8 crore heist in Ludhiana, murder of a Jewellar in Moga and dacoity in Amritsar proved the chief minister had totally failed as home minister. 


S. Parkash Singh Badal

Patron of Shiromani Akali Dal, S. Parkash Singh Badal, served Punjab as Chief Minister for five times.  He has been the Chief Minister of the state from 1970 to 1971, from 1977 to 1980, from 1997 to 2002 and from 2007 to 2017 (two consecutive terms). He led the party as the president from 1995 to 2008. The Government of India awarded him the second highest civilian award, Padma Vibhushan, in 2015.

Born on December 8, 1927 in Abul Khurana, near Malout, Sardar Badal graduated



Sukhbir Singh Badal (born July 9, 1962) has been the President of Shiromani Akali Dal since 2008.  He led the political command of Punjab as the Deputy Chief Minister from 2009 to 2017.   

Sukhbir Singh Badal is the youngest person ever to become the President of Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD). Perseverance, consistent hard work and leadership acumen has elevated him to this coveted position. 

Sukhbir Singh Badal instigated several initiatives in the public interest during the party tenure. He infused a new lease of life in the organizational structure by spreading its



Shiromani Akali Dal has a well defined organisational structure with representation to all sections of society. Veteran leaders, who fought shoulder to shoulder with S. Parkash Singh Badal for the rights of the Punjabis, hold key positions in the party. The young and dynamic leaders in the party work closely with them to implement Akali Dal's core values while keeping in mind party’s main motto - Sarbat Da Bhala.