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People urge ex-MLA to stop political speeech at religious function

punjab Updated: Sep 15, 2013 22:26 IST
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Maharaja Agarsain Jayanti organised by Aggarwal Maha Sabha, witnessed an awkward situation on Sunday, when people gathered at the function, abruptly asked former MLA Mangat Rai Bansal to stop his speech, when it turned into a political one.

Mansa district planning committee chairman and former MLA Mangat Rai Bansal was continually praising the Badals and state government for its policies for development of the state, from the stage of a religious function.

The people objected this and urged Bansal not to speak on political issues. One of the secretaries at the function asked Bansal not to sound politically. and when speech ended, the secretary announced that the function was organised on the eve of Maharaja Agarsain Jayanti and all political parties were same at the event.The secretary also said no leaders should praise any political party at the function.

This created an embarrassing situation for top leaders of government including deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, state health minister Madan Mohan Mittal and others who were present on the dais.

Bansal, again took the mike and apologised for his speech. Moreover, during his speech, an irked Mittal suddenly stopped and asked persons talking behind him on the dais to speak first.

However, deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal announced that state was coming up with a new policy under which all sanctions required by traders could be secured online.

He added that the new policy, coming into effect in a month, would ensure that traders would not have to visit any government office for payments and sales tax purposes.

Badal also said the state had also prepared a blue print to abolish the 'inspector raaj' system and within six months the state would get rid of this 'unwanted traditional exercise and administrative compulsion'.