MAGHI MELA: SAD TO HOLD CON­FER­ENCE

Hindustan Times (Patiala) - - Front page - HT Correspondent

THE CONGRESS AND THE AAP ARE STAY­ING AWAY FROM HOLD­ING ANY RAL­LIES

: The Badals-led Shi­ro­mani Akali Dal (SAD) and the SAD (Am­rit­sar) led by Sim­ran­jit Singh Mann are set to hold po­lit­i­cal con­fer­ences on the Maghi Mela on Mon­day, even as there are voices against hold­ing such ral­lies at a re­li­gious fair. Other par­ties like the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) are not hold­ing con­fer­ences.

The Maghi Mela is one of Pun­jab’s ma­jor fairs and marks the Bat­tle of Muk­t­sar in 1705, where 40 Sikh war­riors laid down their lives for Guru Gobind Singh while fight­ing the Mughals. Over the years, it has also be­come a plat­form for po­lit­i­cal ral­lies.

Muk­t­sar MLA Kan­war­jeet Singh Rozy Barkandi said, “SAD holds the rally ev­ery year. The Akal Takht edict not to hold a con­fer­ence was only meant for Fate­hgarh Sahib. We have made seat­ing ar­range­ments for more than 35,000 peo­ple. Senior SAD lead­er­ship will be present. The Congress lead­er­ship has failed to ful­fil poll prom­ises and is hence mak­ing ex­cuses not to hold a rally.”

BJP district pres­i­dent, Ra­jesh Gora Pathela said, “Tik­shan Sood will at­tend the rally on our be­half.”

SAD (A) gen­eral sec­re­tary Jaskaran Singh Ka­han Singh Wala said: “We will dis­cuss re­li­gious, po­lit­i­cal, social and eco­nomic is­sues of Pun­jab at the rally. We ap­peal to peo­ple to at­tend in large num­bers. Sim­ran­jit Singh Mann will ad­dress the pub­lic. Af­ter Muk­t­sar. we will also hold a rally at Takhtupura in Moga.”

For­mer Muk­t­sar Congress MLA Karan Kaur Brar said, “We are not hold­ing a po­lit­i­cal con­fer­ence at the Maghi Mela and our two min­is­ters, Tript Ra­jin­der Singh Ba­jwa and Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria, will pay obei­sance.”

‘PUN­JAB DEMO­CRATIC AL­LIANCE WILL CON­TEST ON ALL 13 SEATS’

Lok In­saaf Party chief Si­mar­jeet Singh Bains also vis­ited Muk­t­sar on the eve of the Maghi Mela on Sun­day. Bains also or­gan­ised a clean­li­ness drive. Bains said that Pun­jab Demo­cratic Al­liance, com­pris­ing his party, the Bahu­jan Sa­maj Party (BSP), sus­pended AAP MP Dr Dharamvira Gandhi and other ‘like-minded par­ties’, will con­test on all 13 Lok Sabha seats in the gen­eral elec­tions.

“We are in talks with sev­eral par­ties in­clud­ing lead­ers of SAD (Tak­sali) and the BSP,” he added.

“Phoolka is work­ing for a no­ble cause. AAP leader Arvind Ke­jri­wal is not se­ri­ous about the is­sues of Pun­jab. Peo­ple of the state need a change,” he claimed.

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