CHANDIGARH: Akali Politics took a dramatic tum when Simranjit Singh Mann, President of United Akali Dal announced his decision to join Akali Dal (Talwandi).He was in tum appointed Patron of the party. The letter containing his decision was handed over to Jathedar Jagdev Singh Talwandi by Amarinder Singh who met Mr. Mann in Bhagalpur jail on November 22, 1988.

Mann’s decision has given a serious jolt to the UAD currently headed by Baba Joginder Singh. His move seems to have further isolated the Baba group which was already losing its credibility with the people because of the devious role of Bhai Jasbir Singh.

Meanwhile, Surjit Singh Barnala has obtained a stay order from the Punjab and Haryana High Court to block the re-election of Gurcharn Singh Tohra as President of SGP€ for the next term. Some members of Barnala’s group are reportedly, not happy with his action. Former Ministers, Balwant Singh and Prem Singh Chandumajra are likely to join the Talwandi group.

However, Jathedar Talwandi announced that the SGPC meeting will take place on November scheduled and there will be no change in its agenda irrespective of the stay order by the High Court,

Article extracted from this publication >> December 2, 1988