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HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
Amritsar, April 20, 2014
All India Mahila Congress chief Shoba Ojha on Saturday questioned the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) for failing to come out with its election manifesto for the Lok Sabha polls, saying, “It seems the Akalis are in agreement with the BJP on all issues including those related to Punjab”.

Talking to the media persons here, she pointed out that all the major regional parties had come out with their individual manifestos despite having forged political alliances for the elections.

Within alliances differences on issues exist among partners but this does not seem to be the case in Punjab, she added.

“The Akalis have already expressed their opinion that they were not averse to the Ram Mandir. But then what about the other issues. Are they in agreement with the BJP on a verything”, she asked.

Flanked by senior Congress leader from the state, Jasbir Singh Dimpa, Ojha referred to the BJP's stand on inter-linking of rivers in the country. “The Akalis are clearly against this but have not spelt it out in the current polls”, she added.

Later while addressing an election rally in the Amritsar West assembly constituency, Ojha said that drugs is a major issue in the current polls in Punjab and the Akalis are squarely to be blamed for the high level of drug addiction in the state. She said that both SAD and BJP were communal forces and must be defeated.