Ludhiana, Punjab: Pandemonium reigned at a meeting of the 1984 Sikh Katle-aam Peerat Welfare Society Punjab. As society president Surjit Singh announced that the society would support the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), some members got up and protested against the “declaration”.
Some of them questioned the president as to what the Akalis had done for them all these years, despite promises.
Society members Gurdeep Singh Kahlon and Amrik Singh walked out of the meeting but were brought back. Kahlon said the members should vote for Jagdish Kaur, a riot victim, who planned to contest the Amritsar seat, “irrespective of the party she represents, except the Congress.
Some members said that they would not vote for the SAD and strengthen the hands of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi who had a “tainted” past. Another section said they would vote for the AAP nominee for the Ludhiana seat, HS Phoolka, who had fought for the riot victims for the past 30 years.
Source: The Tribune