Ludhiana

Malkit Singh Birmi resigns from SAD over sacrilege row

Birmi, who is considered to be close to Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh, had switched sides from the Congress to the SAD before the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.

The Hush Post: In what could be seen as the shape of things to come for the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), former Punjab Minister Malkit Singh Birmi today resigned from the primary membership of the party.  Birni cited the alleged indictment of the SAD leadership by Justice Ranjit Singh Commission for sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib at Bargari and the firing incidents at Behbal Kalan, the reasons for his quitting the party.

In his resignation sent to former deputy chief minister and SAD president, Sukhbir Badal, former jail minister Birmi said that he had become restless ever since Justice Ranjit Singh Commission pointed fingers at former chief minister Prakash Singh Badal and son Sukhbir Badal over the sacrilege and firing incidents and securing the pardon for Dera Sacha Sauda chief from Akal Takht.

 

It is to be noted that senior SAD leaders including former minister Tota Singh, MP Prem Singh Chandumajra and former SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar have questioned the party leadership over its decision to skip the debate on Justice Ranjit Singh Commission report in the Vidhan Sabha.

Birmi, who is considered to be close to Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh, had switched sides from the Congress to the SAD before the 2014 Lok Sabha polls after allegedly being ignored by then PCC president Partap Singh Bajwa.

In May 2016 Birmi was in news after his farm house at Mahaveer Enclave at Barewal road in Ludhiana was targeted by thieves who decamped away with cash and jewelry worth Rs 15 lakh.

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