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SAD leader Gurpartap Singh Riar joins SAD (Taksali)

Press Trust of India  |  Chandigarh 

Senior from Chandigarh Gurpartap on Wednesday resigned from the party and joined the recently floated (Taksali).

Riar, vice of SAD's Chandigarh unit, joined the Taksali outfit in the presence of its Brahmpura, who is sitting from Khadoor Sahib.

Speaking on the occasion, (Taksali) senior said that "exodus" of senior leaders from led by continues.

He said that the Taksali Akalis (old guard) had raised their voice against SAD's alleged deviation from its "panthic agenda".

Sekhwan said the voice of the Taksalis was not being heard in the SAD, which he claimed was being controlled by the Badal family.

"Several senior leaders are not happy with the way SAD is functioning at present. No senior leaves a party, which he has served for years, just on a minor issue. The fact that it is not just one or two such leaders, but several who have left SAD, which clearly indicates that all is not well in that party," Sekhwan told reporters here.

Brahmpura blamed SAD for the mess which the nearly century-old party finds itself in.

Meanwhile, Riar alleged that senior leaders were feeling ignored in the SAD.

Riar, who also remained of SAD's Chandigarh for several years in the past, said that he had joined the "unconditionally".

Former Punjab Assembly Bir Devinder Singh, who recently joined SAD (Taksali), was on Wednesday appointed as and spokesman of the party.

A week ago, former and former Gen J J Singh had resigned from the SAD and joined the SAD (Taksali).

Brahmpura and some other Taksali Akalis (old guard) including Sekhwan, who had last year raised their voice against SAD's alleged deviation from its core principles, had floated a separate outfit in December.

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First Published: Wed, February 13 2019. 17:35 IST