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Badal favours all party meeting over Anna Hazare’s demand

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Thursday favoured an all party meeting to discuss the demand raised by Anna Hazare, who is spearheading agitation over Lokpal Bill.

india Updated: Apr 07, 2011 19:37 IST
HT Correspondent

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Thursday favoured an all party meeting to discuss the demand raised by Anna Hazare, who is spearheading agitation over Lokpal Bill.

“We should all come together to discuss and take collective decisions on the issues which are important for the country and the Prime Minister should explore all the possibilities including convening an all party meeting to discuss the demand raised by Anna Hazare ”, Badal said while talking to media persons at local Sant Karam Singh Academy.

Badal evaded direct reply to the question whether he supports the agitation launched by Anna Hazare against corruption saying that his party was principally against corruption and felt that unless and until the corruption was not eradicated and black money was not unearthed, the country could not make desired progress in all the fields.

In reply to a question Badal said that he had a great regret that Manpreet Singh Badal had created a rift between him and his younger brother Gurdas Badal, whom he loved the most.

Badal declined to make any comment on the meeting between senior Akali leader Jathedar Jagdev Singh Talwandi and Akali Dal(Longowal) leaders saying that such meeting were held every day.

In reply to a question regarding the resignation submitted by the Rupnagar Improvement Trust Chairman Dr RS Parmar from his post, Badal said that Dr Parmar was the most respected personality and the post did not match his high status adding that he would be given due honour.

Earlier, addressing the annual day function of the Sant Karam Singh Academy, being run by Sant Mann Singh Pehowe wale, the Chief Minister said that Punjab government was fully committee for improving the standard of education in the state and the efforts had yielded good result as the state stood.

He also announced a grant of Rs 5 lakhs for the academy. Sant Mann Singh Pehowe wale also spoke on the occasion.

The students of the Academy also presented a colourful cultural programme on the occasion.

Punjab Chief Minister’s advisor Dr Daljit Singh Cheema, Local MLA Sant Ajit Singh, former minister Bibi Satwant Kaur Sandhu, Master Tara Singh Ladal were also present on the occasion.

MLA Sant Ajit Singh also presented a memorandum regarding the demands of the residents of the new Rupnagar assembly constituency to Badal on the occasion.