Bathinda: In remarks which are now part of a pattern discernible every time Sardar Simranjit Singh Mann addresses the media, he has said that his remarks about Bhai Daljit Singh Bittu and others which were being seen as part of an internecine war were actually very necessary as he wanted to set the record straight.
“My political opponents should beware that by attacking me they are touching the lion’s tail,” Sardar Mann told reporters in Bathinda on October 4; his remarks were widely published the next day in vernacular media. In fact, he granted an exclusive interview to the correspondent of Ajit, the mass circulation Punjabi daily. He alleged that Bhai Daljit Singh Bittu and the Sikh Youth of America have begun a systematic campaign against him and he was under obligation to present his case before the Sikh sangat.Clearly sending signals that he was in no mood to make any effort to pull back the horses in this internecine war, Sardar Mann said he would soon bring it to the fore as to which political leader or person connected directly or indirectly to the militancy era and movement has made how much property or money since 1984. “I will myself hire buses and transport the Sikh sangat to these properties,” Sardar Mann said, and alleged that certain leaders have made palatial properties at Noorpur Bedi and Pilibhit area.
He alleged that some people were made to make cell phone calls from within the high security Nabha Jail asking his party’s second rung leaders to rebel against his leadership, but Sardar Mann did not name anyone, neither did he make clear in whose interest was such suppression of facts. He even attacked the Jathdar of Takht Damdama Sahib, Balwant Singh Nandgarh, saying the Jathedar should himself kill the Sirsa dera head or ask his son to do that rather than exhorting anyone else to avenge the Dera Sadh’s insults meted out to the Sikh community.