Jalandhar: In an apparent show of strength, suspended Jalandhar Cantonment MLA Olympian Pargat Singh on Thursday held a meeting with as many as 51 panchayat members out of the total 61 villages of his constituency at Mithapur, where he sought public response before taking a final ‘political move’.
MLA Pargat Singh also constituted a committee, which would take suggestions from the locals and then take a final decision about his future course of action. “Public suggestion would be paramount and a final decision would be taken only after the reviewing the response from the committee”, the MLA said.
The Jalandhar Cantonment MLA said that he would take the next ‘political move’ ie joining Aam Admi Party (AAP) or Congress in consultation with the electorate from his constituency. “I am committed to the electorate of my constituency and I would not take any step without keeping them into confidence. I worked in the direction of making a better society and I have been successful in doing that”, he added.
Pargat Singh also shared his views against his suspension from SAD with the panchayat members. “I did not indulge in any such activity, which amounted to ‘indiscipline’, rather I raised public voice before the Punjab government. All these years, I made efforts to address the public problems, which was my foremost duty as an elected representative of the government”, Pargat said.
Among the panchayat members were ex block samiti member from Sansarpur village, Abinder Singh Kular who said that they supported ‘truth’ and MLA Pargat Singh stood by them against Solid Waste Management plant at Jamsher. “Who would support garbage and filth in front of their houses? We are glad that MLA Pargat took a stand for us”, he said.
The ex block samiti member also said that they raised the pending development projects, which was a major trouble for them. “Octroi should be abolished, roads blocked by Army right in front of the houses should be opened, lack of mobile towers was also a big problem in cantonment”, he added.
Other panchayat members also lambasted the SAD for suspending Pargat Singh. “SAD does not need people with clean image, rather they require sycophants. In the 2017 assembly polls, SAD would bear the brunt of committing this mistake”, said ex Zila Parishad member Manjeet Singh Abadan.
The panchayat members had come from Sansarpur, Khusropur, Dhina, Rehmanpur, Jamsher, Nangal Krar Khan, Bhode Sapraye, Kot Kalan, Kot Khurd, Kukar Pind, Nanak Pindi, Usmanpur, Nangal Purdil, Partapura, Lohar Sukha Singh, Barsal, Jagral, Divali, Khera, Chittewani, Jandiali, Aladinpur to name a few.
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