Punjab Politics

Sukhpal Khaira forms new party-Punjabi Ekta Party

January 08, 2019 07:17 PM

CHANDIGARH: Sukhpal Singh Khaira AAP rebel MLA from Bholath and former Leader of Opposition who had resigned from AAP today announced to form a new political party-Punjabi Ekta Party(PEP). He was accompanied by six other rebel AAP MLAs who have not yet resigned from legislative assembly.

Sukhpal Khaira who had blamed AAP national convener of dictatorship in the party said that he fought for internal democracy in AAP but his voice was snubbed. He said that he had realised after joining AAP that it has same character as that of traditional parties like Congress and BJP. He

said that he would not resign from his Vidhan Sabha seat and it is for AAP to decide if they wanted to unseat him and other rebel MLAs.

It is second political party came into existence in Punjab in the last one month. Earlier, rebel Shiromani Akali Dal(SAD) leaders led by Member Rajya Sabha Ranjit Singh Brahmpura had formed Shiromani Akali Dal(Taksali) and challenged the authority of former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal. They also alleged that Badal family was working as dictator and there is no internal democracy in SAD.

Addressing a press conference in Press Club Chandigarh, Khaira said that he had taken decision to form new party with bold mind and will fill the vacuum created by SAD and AAP. He said that Punjab was a prosperous state and ruined by traditional political parties due to vested interests. He made scathing attack on Punjab CM Capt Amarinder Singh and Badal family who promoted nepotism and corruption, he alleged.

He said that he would work to save farmers of state who are committing suicides and will protect dying industry. He said that eradicating corruption from state would be his priority.He said that an effective Lok Pal would be constituted if his party is voted to power.

Accusing Capt Amarinder Singh of corruption, Khaira said that Captain had made tall promises of eliminating sand and drug mafia froms tate, Unfortunately he himself became part of the all scams that continued during SAD-BJP government. He said that Unemployment was another field where Capt Amarinder Singh government had failed miserably. He promsied to generate employment in the state for educated youth.

Six sitting MLAs of AAP Kanwar Sandhu, Nazar Singh Mansahis, Master Baldev Singh,Pirmal Singh, Jagdev Kamalu and Jaggga Jassowal were present with Khaira during the press conference but didnt shared the dias with Khaira.

Khaira was suspended from AAP in November last after he challenged Arvind Kejriwal's decision to remove him from the post of Leader of Opposition. Kanwar Sandhu Kharar NLA  was also suspended by the party. Kanwar Sandhu said that they would not resign from Vidhan Sabha because it would result in bye-election and put an um-necessary burden of state exchequer.

AAP has 20 MLAs in the 117 member Vidhan Sabha. Another MLA H.S.Phoolka had resigned from his Dakha serat and his resignation is also pending with the speaker. If rebel MLAs submit their resignations, the AAP would loose the post of Leader of Opposition, presently held by AAP MLA Harpal Singh Cheema.

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