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SAD to show strength through Sadbhawna rallies

As part of the damage control exercise following repeated incidents of desecration of Guru Granth Sahib over the past month, the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD)’s sadbhawna rallies across the state will be a show of strength for the beleaguered SAD.

punjab Updated: Nov 08, 2015 23:20 IST
Navrajdeep Singh
Deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal held a public meeting of party office-bearers of Bathinda, Faridkot and Mansa districts here on Sunday, in which he directed MLAs, halqa in-charges, district presidents and circle incharges to make the rallies a success
Deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal held a public meeting of party office-bearers of Bathinda, Faridkot and Mansa districts here on Sunday, in which he directed MLAs, halqa in-charges, district presidents and circle incharges to make the rallies a success(HT Photo )

As part of the damage control exercise following repeated incidents of desecration of Guru Granth Sahib over the past month, the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD)’s sadbhawna rallies across the state will be a show of strength for the beleaguered SAD.

The first rally is scheduled at Bathinda on November 23, where the SAD expects to have a gathering of one lakh people.

To boost the morale of SAD workers, party president and deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal held a public meeting of party office-bearers of Bathinda, Faridkot and Mansa districts here on Sunday, in which he directed MLAs, halqa in-charges, district presidents and circle incharges to make the rallies a success.

He directed constituency incharges to bring 10,000 people from their respective constituencies. “The war is on against the Congress and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) through these rallies. Our rallies are going to be a much bigger affair than the opposition gatherings. I challenge them to hold rallies like ours,” said Sukhbir, in a speech given in haste.

Sukhbir didn’t allow any of the nine MLAs present on stage to address the gathering and concluded his speech in less than 15 minutes.

“We will tell them that there is no damage to the government’s image following the unfortunate incidents in Punjab. It was a conspiracy by the Congress and AAP to dent the government’s development image besides attacking Sikh institutions like the SGPC and Akal Takht,” Sukhbir asserted.

He assured workers of security at a time when SAD leaders and workers are facing public wrath. “We are with you. If anyone tries to harm you, come to me,” Sukhbir told SAD workers, adding that law and order would be maintained at any cost.

When asked if the BJP is part of these rallies, Sukhbir said they would request it to participate as it would be better to hold such programmes jointly.

Sukhbir also held a closed-door meeting with prominent office-bearers, who apprised him of the dejection among workers at the ground level.

“The deputy CM has directed us to bring workers from each village, besides instructing us to build their trust in party activities,” said a senior SAD leader.

Cong, AAP behind Sarbat Khalsa

Terming the Sarbat Khalsa announced by a few organisations as anti-Sikh, Sukhbir accused the Congress and AAP of backing these organisations. “The Sarbat Khalsa is being organised by anti-national and anti-Punjab forces with support from the Congress and AAP. They are trying to push back the state into the dark days,” he said.

Bihar result setback for NDA

Reacting to the Bihar result, the deputy CM said it is a setback to the BJP and the NDA as a whole. “I congratulate Nitish Kumar, but it is high time it was analysed as to what went wrong because the result is disturbing,” he said, adding that it would not affect their equation with the BJP in Punjab.