Badal Akali Dissenter Zira Shows He Has Backing After His Family Quits All SAD Posts

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Akali MLA Hari Singh Zira is angry with the party leadership for not being included in the state Cabinet. Zira first won the Assembly elections in 1977. He was minister in the Surjit Singh Barnala Government in 1985 holding the Irrigation and Urban Development portfolios. Zira has a clean image. He has never been involved in any controversy.

FEROZEPUR – Hundreds of party workers, including sarpanches, block samiti members, traders and commission agents, expressed solidarity with Akali MLA Hari Singh Zira who, along with his son Avtar Singh Minna and his wife Jaswinder Kaur, have quit all party posts.

Zira is angry with the party leadership for not being included in the state Cabinet. Zira first won the Assembly elections in 1977. He was minister in the Surjit Singh Barnala Government in 1985 holding the Irrigation and Urban Development portfolios. Zira has a clean image. He has never been involved in any controversy.

His supporters accuse the Badals of nepotism and have threatened to quit en bloc if Zira is not given a Cabinet berth.

Sources close to the SAD MLA said he had convened a meeting of party workers at Gurdwara Singh Sabha in Zira on June 15 to chalk out the next course of action.

Sources said enraged party workers in Makhu and Mallanwala held a demonstration against the state government.

Earlier, two-time SAD legislator from Zira, Inderjit Singh, had joined the Congress after differences with the party leadership. An aide of late Gurcharan Singh Tohra, he had been a minister in 1997.

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