The United Akali Dal (UAD) announced on Tuesday that it would be contesting on some seats in the forthcoming Punjab assembly polls either on its own or in collaboration with other political parties.
Addressing a press conference here, UAD president Mohkam Singh said the party “respected” the Aam Aadmi Party. “However, AAP leaders need to be sensitised about the Sikh religion. That is where they are lacking,” he said, adding that there was “no question” of tying up with the SAD-BJP alliance or the Congress.
He said the UAD will be politically work in collaboraion with Simranjit Singh Mann of SAD (Amritsar) and also gather support of other Sikh organisations for the elections. “We are not going to contest on all 117 seats, but we will field candidates on some seats,” he said.
Showing solidarity with the jathedars of the five Takhts appointed during the ‘Sarbat Khalsa’ in November, Mohkam Singh said a joint convention will be organised by August- end to reiterate the Anandpur Sahib Resolution. “The SAD has let us down consistently. Our leaders have been arrested and put behind bars. The state is indulging in rampant human rights violations,” he said.
UAD secretary Gurdeep Singh said their supporters would lodge a token protest at Harike Pattan on August 4 against the sharing of Punjab river waters.