Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal paid tribute to Bhaujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader Maan Singh Manhera, in a function at Grain market here on Sunday.
The chief minister recalled his services for the upliftment of the poor, depressed and weaker sections of the society. He said Manhera had played a pivotal role in raising the issues concerning this stratum of society at local, state or national level. Badal said the outstanding services rendered by Manhera for the well-being of the poor and weaker sections would be remembered by one and all.
After the death of Manher in 2012, his wife Satvir Kaur joined Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD).
When asked about the statement of senior Congress leader Jagmeet Singh Brar regarding Indian National Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi, the chief minister refused to comment on the issue while terming it as an internal matter of the Congress.
Commenting on the ongoing agitation by the ETT (Elementary Teacher Training) Union, the chief minister said the SAD government had always been a pro-employee government, adding that the doors of the state government were open for all employees and an amicable solution of their demands could be found through deliberations.
Lok Sabha MP Prem Singh Chandumajra, former minister Harnek Singh Gharuan and managing director of Patiala Cooperative Bank, Harinder Pal Singh also attended the function.