Punjab News Sant Ajit Singh quits SAD


Staff member
Chandigarh December 31:

Senior SAD leader and sitting MLA from Anandpur Sahib Sant Ajit Singh resigned from the primary membership of the party. He submitted his resignation to Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and also to SAD president Sukhbir Badal.

Sant’s resignation a few weeks before the assembly poll is a setback for the SAD in the Ropar belt where he commands a considerable hold among the electorate. He is a popular leader of the Saini community as well. Sant Ajit Singh said he was feeling “suffocated in the party as senior leaders were being humiliated and sidelined”. He said he had even brought the matter to the notice of Badal “but to no avail”.

Having come to limelight after the death of Sant Harchand Singh Longowal in the mid 1980s, Sant Ajit Singh said he would not join any political organisation but would campaign in support of “like-minded”candidates. Last year, he had rebelled against the party leadership when he along with three other SAD MLAs extended support to Manpreet Badal after his expulsion from the party. However, he was lured back to the party fold by Sukhbir. About Sant’s resignation, Manpreet said he was a simple man who had been treated shabbily by the SAD leadership

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