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Sukhbir S Badal gives clarion call for complete Panthic and Punjabi unity to ensure social, economic and political justice to Punjab.


Badal:   Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD)  president Sukhbir Singh Badal today gave a clarion call for ‘ complete Panthic and Punjabi unity to secure social, economic and political justice for the State and to take Punjabis into the next era of development, progress and prosperity“

Addressing a massive gathering on the first death anniversary of the five time Chief Minister and Akali stalwart Sardar Parkash Singh Badal , the Akali chief also underlined the need for re-dedication to the ideals of peace and communal harmony under a people friendly government in Punjab. “It is impossible to become Badal Sahab but I assure you I am ready to sacrifice everything for the ‘quom’ and Punjab like him”.

Speaking about the late chief minister, Mr Sukhbir Badal said “Badal Sahab was a nationalist, true democrat and secular in his approach. He respected all religions and took everyone along before making a decision. He never acted vengefully against anyone which earned him the respect of his political opponents also”. He also highlighted how Mr Badal always remained among the people and even after retiring from active politics took up social work.

Paying glowing tributes to the former chief minister, Punjab Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Sunil Jakhar said “Badal Sahab’s humility was unparelled”. Terming the Akali patriarch as a Vikas Purush, Mr Jakhar said the Akali patriarch was a true statesman who allied with the BJP after more than a decade of strife to usher in peace and communal harmony in the State. “I salute this spirit”. Mr Jakhar also related how the former chief minister had always stood for more powers to the State and federalism.

Shiromani Committee president Harjinder Singh Dhami said “today all political parties feel that strengthening the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) is the need of the hour. I appeal to everyone to come on one platform to strengthen the SAD”. He also called for the need to thwart designs to weaken the SAD and SGPC.

In a function which witnessed a rare political consensus around the contribution and persona of S Parkash Singh Badal, INLD patriarch Om Parkash Chautala said “Badal Sahab spent more than a decade in jail for the welfare of Punjabis.He worked assiduously for farmers and the khet mazdoor and changed their lives for the better. We should all pledge to follow his principles and be ready to make every sacrifice to better the lot of our people ''. Jan Nayak Janata Party leader Dushyant Chautala called Mr Parkash Singh Badal as the Nelson Mandela of Punjab politics. Haryana minister Choudhary Ranjit Singh termed Mr Badal as a pious soul.

SAD Patron Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa also appealed to Punjabis to safeguard the ideals of Mr Parkash Singh Badal and said his responsibility had now falled on Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal. CPI leader Bant Singh Brar lauded the contribution of the Akali patriarch in strengthening federalism and appealed to all parties to take up unfinished tasks like ensuring the transfer of Chandigarh to Punjab, safeguarding the State’s river waters besides ensuring justice for Bandi Singhs. CPM leader Sukhwinder Sngh Sekhon said Lok Sewa remained the cornerstone of the former chief minister’s political journey. He also called for stopping the exodus of the youth to foreign countries and curbing the drug menace.

Prominent persons from all political parties as well as religious and social organizations as well as the entire SAD leadership attended the death anniversary.

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