Punjab’s first families of politics – the Badals of the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and Capt. Amarinder Singh of the Congress – have been at each other’s throats for quite some time.Personal rivalry between Singh and the Badals began in 2002 when the former became the chief minister and slapped a disproportionate assets case against SAD patriarch Parkash Singh Badal and his son Sukhbir Singh.The father-son duo was jailed for some time before they were bailed out.They paid back in the same coin when Badal Senior returned to power in 2007.Cases of disproportionate assets and irregularities in granting permission for constructing the Ludhiana City Centre were registered against Singh and his son Raninder.Besides, the ruling alliance got him expelled from the assembly – a decision that was set aside by the Supreme Court with the observation that brute majority must not be used to settle political scores.What triggered this unending feud is not known. After breaking ranks from the Congress in 1980 over Operation Bluestar, Amarinder joined the Akali Dal and won the assembly polls in 1985 to become a minister in the Surjeet Singh Barnala cabinet.But he dumped the Akalis and returned to the Congress a few years later. This probably got the Akalis’ goat.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.
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