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Sukhbir Badal flays Sunil Jakhar ‘for not opposing’ canal water use charge

Badal said it was astonishing that Sunil Jakhar had not raised his voice against imposition of abiyana despite belonging to an area which relied on the canal water for crop irrigation.

punjab Updated: Oct 04, 2017 14:28 IST
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SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal addressing a press conference in Gurdaspur on Tuesday.
SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal addressing a press conference in Gurdaspur on Tuesday.(HT Photo)

Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal on Tuesday during a press conference asked Punjab Pradesh Congress president Sunil Jakhar to tell Punjabis why he did not raise his voice against imposition of abiyana (canal water user charges) besides introduction of power bills on tubewell motors by the Congress government.

He said that it will be a big burden on cotton growers who were passing through a difficult time.

Sukhbir alleged that the Congress government had withdrawn welfare schemes including Shagun Scheme, Atta- Dal Scheme.

Badal said it was astonishing that Sunil Jakhar had not raised his voice against imposition of abiyana despite belonging to an area which relied on the canal water for crop irrigation. “We asked him if he will continue to serve Gurdaspur through his entire political career by staying here but he refused. How can the people trust him with their mandate now?” Badal said.

He alleged that the Congress government had withdrawn welfare schemes including the Shagun Scheme, Atta- Dal Scheme and even scholarship scheme for students.

The SAD president also made it clear that the Ranjit Singh Commission was biased towards the Akalis and that no justice could be expected from it. “Justice Ranjit Singh is Sukhpal Khaira’s relative and a close friend of Captain Amarinder Singh. He is a ‘Patit’ (apostate) Sikh who does not understand ‘rehat maryada’ and that is why he is issuing directions to the SGPC, acting upon instructions of the Congress government,” Badal said.

Mahila Cong workers show black flags to Akalis

Gurdaspur: Led by Punjab Mahila Congress president Mamta Datta and Gurdaspur district Mahila Congress president Tripta Thakur,around 150 women workers of the Congress showed black flags to Akali leaders at an election rally to be addressed by SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal in favour of BJP-SAD alliance candidate Swaran Singh Salaria at the Hanuman Chowk in Gurdaspur on Tuesday evening.However, Badal was not present at the rally as he came there a few minutes later when the police had controlled the situation.

The women activists of the Congress were shouting slogans against former Akali Minister Sucha Singh Langah who has been booked under rape charges. SAD spokesman Dr Daljit Singh Cheema complained to the election commission against the Congress women workers for disturbing the SAD-BJP rally.