Jagmeet Brar joining Akali family represents extreme in rotten politics

Jagtar Singh

Chandigarh, April 19: For about 40 years, he has been among the bitterest and the harshest critics of Parkash Singh Badal in the area that comprises the  Malwa hinterland. Jagmeet Singh Brar has now joined the Akali Dal to be welcomed by Parkash Singh Badal, Sukhbir Singh Badal, Harsimrat Kaur Badal and Bikram Singh Majitha who now  comprise this second oldest political party in the country.

This ‘native’ has returned to the Akali Dal from where he had started his political career as activist of the All India Sikh Students Federation after experimenting with the Congress, Congress (Tewari), TMC and AAP. The only option left with him is the BJP. Shiromani Akali Dal had distanced from the AISSF when Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale surfaced in the Sikh religio-political matrix.

According to the information, Badal Senior was not keen for the ‘return of the native’. One only has to recall the statements of Brar attacking Badals as the most corrupt and unscrupulous. From today onwards, it would be just the opposite. Today it seemed there never was any bitterness between Badals and Brar.

Brar had perceived Badal as a roadblock in his political career while in Akali Dal and shifted to the Congress. His plus point was his forceful oratory. It may be mentioned that yet another powerful speaker  from AISSF background who too  is still ambitious but could not get the right opportunity to prove himself is Birdevinder Singh fielded by Akali Dal (Taksali) from Anandpur Sahib.

Jagmeet Singh Brar was the man to watch at one time.

There is nothing wrong in joining any political party but the case here is different as Brar and Badals were known to be not even on speaking terms till about a year ago.

Brar’s claim to fame was that he defeated Sukhbir in the Lok Sabha election in 1999  from Faridkot and that too when Badal was the chief minister.

Well versed in the art of articulation of issues,  the only problem with Brar is that one can’t make out when he would start attacking his own leader. Perhaps even himself does not know when he would start speaking against Badals now.

One has to wait for a few weeks. He is just unpredictable.

He was willing to ‘serve Punjab’ by join the Congress again and that too unconditionally till last week and Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh has released  screenshots of his messages in this regard. However, he put his foot down saying Brar was untrustworthy.

His brother Ripjeet Singh who too has joined the Akali Dal with him was given this offer about a year back. He was not keen to join Akali Dal. Brar was now waiting for an offer and he grabbed it.

This development raises some fundamental questions about the nature of Indian polity and the degeneration in the politics of opportunism and that too in the name of serving the nation, the state and the people.

Should people trust a political leader after Brar was all praises for Badal whom he denounced in the harshest of language all these 40 years? People should question him and confront him.

Morality and ethics in politics are now obsolete concepts.

It is rank opportunism that is now the basic principle going by this latest development in Punjab political discourse.

This is not just gutter but rotten politics.

Something is wrong with Punjab.

Jagtar Singh

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