Perneet Singh, Tribune News Service
Amritsar, February 7. With the court staying the upcoming DSGMC elections, the ruling SAD (Delhi) and the SAD have resorted to a blame game, accusing each other of running away from the elections.
DSGMC chief Paramjit Singh Sarna alleged that some pro-SAD forces had filed the case, contending that voter ID cards didn’t have photographs and that delimitation should be done before the elections. He alleged that this was done at the behest of the Badals as they had foreseen their imminent defeat in the DSGMC elections.
“They could not find candidates to field against our party in Delhi. Moreover, two of their sitting DSGMC members — Malkinder Singh from Motinagar and Kultaran Singh from Janakpuri — had recently joined us,” he said.
Sarna claimed that the SAD had got a survey done and found that they could only win three out of the total 46 seats in the DSGMC elections. He alleged that the SAD also apprehended that the poll results of Punjab, which are to be declared on March 6, would have an adverse impact on its poll prospects in the DSGMC elections, which were to take place on March 11. “Now, they are merely buying time to salvage their prestige,” he said.
The DSGMC chief said they are going in for an appeal against the stay as they are totally in an election mode. “The government too will appeal against it,” he said. On the political implications of the court order, he said the SAD would face even worse route whenever the DSGMC elections take place now, as the electorate “understood each and everything”.
On the other hand, SAD secretary Daljeet Singh Cheema alleged that Sarna had got the DSGMC elections declared in February, thinking that the SAD leadership would be busy in Punjab Assembly polls and he could exploit the situation in Delhi. “However, his game plan failed as the Election Commission announced January 30 as the polling day in Punjab. Sarna is behind moving the petition seeking a stay on the elections,” he said, adding today’s developments had once again brought to the fore the “Congress’s interference in the Sikh affairs”.
“The Congress wants to grab the management of Sikh shrines and this fight is more evident in Delhi where Sarna is openly siding with the Congress,” he alleged. On the political implications of the stay on DSGMC polls, he said it would only add to the already growing resentment among Sikhs against the Congress.
The SAD is already blaming the Congress-led UPA government for delaying the election of office-bearers of the SGPC, the elections to which were held on September 18 last year.