The Shiromani Akali Dal(Amritsar) headed by former Member Parliament Simranjit Singh Mann suffered a split as Mann have been shown doors to the party senior vice president Daljit Bittu and 13 others including a SGPC member from Joga Harcharan Singh Burjhari.
Apart from Bittu and Burjhari, who is also working committee member of the party, the harsh decision was taken against the party general secretaries Surinderpal Singh Tharua, Jaswant Singh Ramgarh, Gurvir Singh; propaganda secretary Surinder Singh Kishanpura; organizing secretaries Gursharan Singh Gama, Darshan Singh Jagaram Tirth; working committee members Mandhir Singh Kang , Sarabjit Singh Alal, Harwinder Singh Phagwara, Gurpreet Singh Fazilka, Sukhwinder Singh Fozi ; SAD(A) youth wing vice president Jaspal Singh Manjpur. Sources said that only one leader Harcharan Singh Burjhari was asked to quit from Mann faction while other leaders, who were asked to quit was close to Daljit Bittu. Informing about the party decision at his Quila Harnam Singh residence in Fatehgarh Sahib, Mann said Bittu would not be taken back in party at any cost even he apologized. He said apart from Bittu if any other leader want to clarify their position and will ready to work as per the policies of the party, then the party may reconsider the decision.
When asked show cause notice was not issued to Bittu, he said that as Bittu had crossed all limits. On showing doors to Bittu and his associates, Mann said that he will not use expel term for them but will say that they have given ‘retirement’ from the party so he did not want to use harsh words for them Recalling his association with Bittu, Mann said that Bittu had merged his Shiromani Akali Dal with SAD(Amritsar) on June 9 last year on the condition that he would follow the policies of SAD(Amritsar) and will work in peaceful and democratic way to get freedom of Sikh community as per UNO provisions. He said that Bittu at that time assured the party that his party’s Ludhiana office, religious magazine ‘Sikh Shahadat’, Sikh Students Federation, and his party’s Europe, Canada and other units will work as per the policies of the SAD(Amritsar) but after the merger contrary to the decision , Bittu had run the activities of the party separately so Bittu and his associated has been asked gracefully to quit the party. Mann said that he has compelled to take this decision with great unhappiness as against the Political Affairs Committee(PAC) party’s decision, he had participated in the activities of Khalsa Action Committee(KAC).
He said that serious allegations had already leveled on main representatives of KAC that he held a closed doors meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, Punjab Governor, Haryana government and representatives of Dera Sacha Saudha. He said as the KAC never issued any clarification it had created suspicion so his party could not work with KAC but Bittu violated the party discipline and adamant on his stand only to pressurize the party and increase his ‘goodwill’.
Mann said that he would continue his struggle against the Dera chief and other party may support him for this purpose.
Mann said that before the Punjab Assembly elections, Bittu compelled to party to go with any panthic factions so the acts of Prem Singh Chandumarja and Baldev Singh Mann had hurt the party’s image. He said that at the time of elections, certain decision was taken by ignoring Parliament Board of the party and the party tickets were not even given to important office bearers of the party at the time. He said that Bittu announced tickets of his close associates first to create rift in the party at the time of election. Mann said that Bittu did not believe in logic and he made every effort to weaken the party. He alleged that the Bittu’s close associate Major Singh, former office secretary of the party threatened to eliminate the party general secretary Bhai Ram Singh, who is already a handicap man, only to sabotage party recent held Sunam rally.
He said that when the senior party leaders were making preparations for the rally they got threatening calls from abroad only to reduce enthusiasm of party leaders but they did not succeed in their mission as the rally was grand success.
Mann alleged that Bittu not only cooperated with the party at Sunam rally but made such statements on the in the rally, which was against the policies of the party. He said that Bittu instigate the people to behead Dera Sacha Saudha in Sunam rally but it was the same Bittu who had ran away after the attack of SAD (Badal) activists at Kathunangal with lathis and kirpans. He said that he had photographs of that time to prove his claim.
Mann said that on the one hand Takht Sri Damdama Sahib Jathedar Balwant Singh Nandgarh is instigating the people to behead the Dera chief and in same manner Bittu is talking. He said that such persons should themselves assign it task rather to instigate people. Mann alleged that when he was in jail Bittu did not run the party in proper way and never executed any duty. He said that instead to giving proper direction to the party Bittu tried to attach the old leaders of the party with him to end the existence of the party and it created dilemma in the party. He said that his party never tolerated indiscipline in the party and never compromised with anti panthic people so Bittu and his associated have been asked to ‘gracefully quit the party