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Knives Out In Akali Dal Over Sukhbir Badal’s Move To Dissolve Party Structure

Brar demands Sukhbir’s resignation, Chandumajra says party processes being bypassed.

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SAD President Sukhbir Singh Badal (Source:

Chandigarh: Days after Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) MLA from Dakha, Manpreet Singh Ayali, abstained from voting during the presidential polls, much against Sukhbir Singh Badal’s wishes, knives are out against the party supremo once again.

Yesterday, Sukhbir Badal dissolved the party’s organisational structure, including the core committee, the highest decision-making body of the party, and other units of the party. The development took place after the SAD core committee discussed the Jhunda Panel report. This panel was formed to ascertain the reasons that led to the embarrassing loss of the party in the 2022 Assembly polls.

Immediately after the party units were dissolved, senior Akali leader Prem Singh Chandumajra questioned Badal’s intent. He asked why the Iqbal Singh Jhunda panel report was put up in the core committee bypassing the Balwinder Singh Bhunder-led 13-member committee.

The party had formed a 13-member committee headed by Bhunder. This was formed to analyse the inputs of the Iqbal Singh Jhunda panel report.

A sub-committee led by Iqbal Singh Jhundan was made to speed up the process and take feedback from party workers across the length and breadth of the state to ascertain what led to the party’s terrible loss in VS polls.

Gurpartap Singh Wadala, the former MLA from Nakodar who was also the part of Jhunda committee, too seconded Chandumajra.

Jagmeet Brar Demands Sukhbir Singh Badal’s Resignation

Meanwhile, another Akali leader Jagmeet Brar has demanded Sukhbir Singh Badal’s resignation as party president. He has also demanded the resignation of all the core committee members. Brar has said that the party president’s tenure should not exceed 10 years. Notably, Sukhbir has already been the party supremo for over a decade. Alternately, four working presidents should be appointed. Brar suggested the names of Dakha MLA Manpreet Singh Ayali, ex-minister Adesh Pratap Kairon, Gurpartap Singh Wadala, and Ravikaran Singh Kahlon Akali leader from Dera Baba Nanak.

Jagmeet Brar is the man, who had defeated Sukhbir Singh Badal in the 1999 Lok Sabha bye-elections as an INC candidate. Worth mentioning is the fact that when Brar defeated Sukhbir Badal, Parkash Singh Badal was the CM of Punjab and there was an anti-Congress wave.

Dakha MLA Ayali who recently raised a tiny revolt in the party by not voting for NDA presidential candidate, interestingly, said, “I don’t even know what all has been dissolved in Akali Dal, that whether the Balwinder Singh Bhunder led committee and the core committee both have been dissolved, I have no idea. We are fighting for the implementation of the Iqbal Singh Jhunda panel report.”

What Does The Jhunda Report Say

The report, interestingly, has recommended total changes at the organizational level in the Akali Dal. On whether the party president’s removal has been sought, Iqbal Singh Jhunda, the panel head said, “I can’t comment on the report which is a secret document.”

The report blames incidents of sacrilege in Burj and Bargari and subsequent police firing during the Akali regime in 2015 for the party’s debacle in the 2017 elections. In 2022, it could win only three seats. Also, the monopoly over the transport business of certain families is part of the report. The report has also recommended an unconditional apology regarding the incidents of sacrilege during the Akali regime.

SGPC Members Questioned Sukhbir

Earlier, after Akali Dal’s (Badal) loss in the Punjab Assembly elections, many current and former members of Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) opened up a front against six-time chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and Akali Dal supremo Sukhbir Singh Badal. “The two should step down immediately to save Shiromani Akali Dal,” Balwinder Bains, a member of the SGPC had then said. Also endorsing Bains’ view was Kiranjot Kaur, the former general secretary of SGPC.