Major jolt to shiromani akali dal in Punjab
Kanwar Inder Singh/ royalpatiala.in
Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD)’s disciplinary committee has suspended former Shiromani Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) president Bibi Jagir Kaur from the primary membership of the party for anti-party activities.
Bibi made it clear that she would contest the election and said that she had already conveyed her decision to party president Sukhbir Singh Badal.
The disciplinary committee, led by former minister Sikandar Singh Maluka, asked Kaur to clear her stands within two days or face permanent eviction from the party.
Few days ago, SAD leaders Dr Daljit Singh Cheema and Surjit Singh Rakhra had called on the former SGPC chief to persuade her to “go by the party line” and wait for party’s decision about candidature for the SGPC president’s post.
Jagir Kaur is an active member of the Shiromani Akali Dal, a Sikh political party with a strong following in Punjab. She joined the party in 1995 and was shortly thereafter appointed member of the party’s working committee. In 1997, she was elected from the Bholath constituency in Kapurthala district. She was appointed Tourism and Cultural Affairs Minister in addition to holding the portfolios of social welfare, development of women and children welfare in the Parkash Singh Badal Cabinet. She resigned the post of minister when she was appointed as the President of the SGPC. Her rise was meteoric, rising from the position of a teacher in Mathematics to the post of President of the SGPC