The expulsion of Rajya Sabha MP Sukhdev Dhindsa and his MLA son Parminder Dhindsa from Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) has once again set the ball rolling for the formation of the third front in Punjab politics as many other expelled leaders have already been trying for same.
Many may have their doubts about the formation and success of the third front as in past also many have tasted defeat, but the latest revolt has the potential to cause irreparable damage to SAD. First of all the support of BJP leaders and Punjab CM Capt Amarinder Singh to Dhindsas is an open secret. Repeated meetings of Sukhdev Dhindsa with home minister Amit Shah and other BJP leaders are strong indications that saffron party wants to have the alternative of SAD as various Punjab BJP leaders have repeatedly been alleging that whenever SAD-BJP government was formed in Punjab, BJP had to play second fiddle as SAD leaders always dominated government functioning.
During his stint as Union Minister, Sukhdev Dhindsa used to have very cordial relations with PM Narendra Modi. Despite adverse comments by Badal family, Modi and his team ensured Padma Bhushan awarded Sr. Dhindsa, who on the same day demanded the resignation of SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal.
Apart from BJP, Punjab CM Capt Amarinder Singh is also supporting Dhindsas to settle his political scores with Badals.
Since the rebellion of Dhindsa, there are talks for SGPC elections as BJP and Congress leaders are well aware about the importance of SGPC in Sikh politics, but the lack of elections from last many years has been helping Badals to maintain their control over this institution.
Amid allegations of misuse of SGPC funds by Badals and other SAD leaders for their political reasons, there are repeated demands for SGPC elections. Earlier all demands failed to get the elections done, but this time, the rebellion of Dhindsas and their proximity with central government and the state government has set the alarm bells ringing for all SAD leaders.
Repeated demands for SGPC elections from Dhindsas and other disgruntled Sikh leaders point that preparations have already been started at a higher level. Rebel Punjab leaders have only been raising the issue to get an announcement done for elections. The SGPC elections seem to be the first step to gain control over Sikh politics.
Earlier revolts by various leaders including Gurcharan Singh Tohra, Surjit Singh Barnala, Simranjit Singh Mann, Jagdev Singh Talwandi and many others failed because they lacked such strong support, Dhindsas have.
The frustration among SAD leaders including even its chief Sukhbir Badal over the support of BJP to Dhindsas is palpable from his repeated remarks against Dhindsas. The presence of Parkash Singh Badal in Sangrur rally on February stamped the fear of SAD leaders, who are well aware about the political shrewdness of Dhindsas.Get Breaking news and Latest News from India and around the world on GlobalPunjabTV.net.