Monday, December 12, 2011

Sukhbir prefers awarding tickets to businessmen

Remarked Kushaldeep Dhillon
Chandigarh//December 12, 2011//Bureau report:

People’s Party of Punjab (PPP) Senior Vice President S. Kushaldeep Singh Dhillon remarked that the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) under Sukhbir Singh Badal is extremely keen on awarding tickets to businessmen rather than social workers and public spirit persons.
Scores of businessmen, transporters, property agents, liquor contractors and the like are the top-listed candidates and aspirants for Sukhbir Singh Badal. People who are into social service or work for public good have no space left in the Akali Dal. The reasons for Sukhbir awarding tickets to such businessmen are obvious, since Sukhbir himself is more concerned about his own business prospects. “Prospects of Punjab do not figure in his list at all, and it is regrettable that under Sukhbir’s leadership the ticket goes to the richest, whose services can be utilized to further the business interests of Sukhbir.
This attitude is a far cry from the ideology and thinking of the Shiromani Akali Dal where the interests of Punjab and Punjabis used to be paramount. Traditional Akali leaders like Master Tara Singh and Sant Fateh Singh used to prefer candidates who would devote their lives to the cause of the nation. Compared to traditional Akali leaders, Mr. Parkash Singh Badal preferred to grant tickets on political basis and winnability criterion. The Akali Dal led by Sukhbir, on the other hand focuses only on business prospects of the candidates, and the cash flow that accompanies the candidate.
The decline of the Akali Dal, where businessmen including liquor contracts, transporters and property dealers are running the roost is a sad tale for Punjabis.         *********

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