Pargat, Bolaria suspended
Former Punjab Chief Parliamentary Secretary (CPS) Inderbir Singh Bolaria and Olympian Pargat Singh, who had refused to accept the post of CPS earlier this year, were tonight suspended by the Shiromani Akali Dal.
SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal said he had suspended the two for indiscipline and anti-party activities.
Akali leaders said the two disgruntled MLAs were in Delhi yesterday and had met Navjot Singh Sidhu, who resigned from the Rajya Sabha as well as the BJP on Monday. Though Pargat denied that he was in Delhi, Akali leaders said he too was in talks with the Aam Aadmi Party and was thinking of switching sides.
Sukhbir said the two leaders were “fly-by-night” politicians who had come to the Akali Dal just before the elections.
Both MLAs, once considered close to Sukhbir, had fallen out of favour during the past year. Bolaria, an MLA from Amritsar, had developed differences with the party leadership last year and was amongst the first to rebel. He had attempted a coup of sorts by trying to create a front of three MLAs against the party leadership, even as there were talks of his switching loyalties to the Congress. Though Bikram Singh Majithia, the powerful Akali leader from Majha, acted promptly and won over the other two MLAs, Bolaria was left to fend for himself.
Pargat too had rebelled last year over the issue of the government planning to construct a solid waste disposal plant at Jamsher village in his constituency of Jalandhar Cantonment. In the past several months, he had neither attended any party meeting, nor come to functions in his constituency presided over by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal or Sukhbir.
Since April, when he embarrassed the top brass by declining to accept the post of CPS, the party leaders had virtually snapped their ties with him. His seat is likely to be offered to Sarabjit Singh Makkar.