Welfare of Akali grassroot workers is my top priority, says Khatra

  • Harinder Singh Khaira, Hindustan Times, Patiala
  • Updated: Jun 25, 2016 15:32 IST
Cabinet minister Surjit Singh Rakhra honouring the newly appointed Patiala (rural) halqa in-charge Satbir Singh Khatra during a function in Patiala on Friday. (Bharat Bhushan/HT Photo)

Shiromani Akali Dal leader Satbir Singh Khatra formally took the charge as SADs’ halqa in-charge of Patiala rural assembly constituency on Friday.

Speaking on the occasion, SAD district coordinator Charanjit Singh Brar said it was Harmel Singh Tohra who himself has asked party president Sukhbir Singh Badal to relieve him of the charge from the Patiala (rural) seat and therefore the party took the decision accordingly. He said the party would adjust the Tohra family members in the party hierarchy and the government.

Shiromani Akali Dal leaders from Patiala, including cabinet minister Surjit Singh Rakhra, were present on the occasion.

Addressing the gathering, Khatra said that he would live up to expectation of the party president in the upcoming elections. Khatra, who as independent candidate in 2012 polls, had garnered above 21,000 votes, said, “I am a grass-root worker and by giving me a chance, the SAD president has again proved that he takes care of every grass-root workers.”

Pertinently, from the past 10 years Satbir has been holding several social activities, including medical camps, giving free ration to needy, providing basic services of ration card, voter card, by holding camps of district administration, apart from planting large number of samplings.

Khatra added that fair representation to youth would definitely help the party in getting the support of the people.

When asked about the Tohra family, Satbir tried to dodge the question by saying, “I am ready to convince each and every voter in the constituency by visiting every household.”

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