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    Punjab stir: Shiromani Akali Dal announces a series of programmes starting with a ‘chakka jam’ on September 25

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    The Congress has already joined the farmer protests in Punjab and Haryana –– the two states which are witnessing maximum farmer anger over the bills –– with senior leaders like Punjab Congress chief Sunil Jakhar, Punjab Haryana chief Kumari Selja and former Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda promising their “full support” to the farmer protests.

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    Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal speaks to media
    NEW DELHI: Under fire for staying put in the Cabinet till the agriculture bills reached Parliament, the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) has now announced a series of programmes in Punjab starting with a ‘chakka jam’ (blockades) on September 25 followed by Sukhbir Badal’s four-day state-wide tour of Punjab and holding a gathering in Mohali on October 1. SAD insiders said Badal may announce pulling out of NDA at the October 1 gathering.

    The Congress has already joined the farmer protests in Punjab and Haryana –– the two states which are witnessing maximum farmer anger over the bills –– with senior leaders like Punjab Congress chief Sunil Jakhar, Punjab Haryana chief Kumari Selja and former Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda promising their “full support” to the farmer protests ahead of the September 25 ‘Punjab Bandh’ call by 30 farmer organisations.

    “It is amusing that the Badals want to join the protests now after being a part of this diabolical conspiracy against the farmers. Farmers should block the entry of the Badals in Punjab and gherao their leaders at their homes in Punjab. Why do they not quit the NDA first and stop being agents of the BJP?” Jakhar said. He said the state was seeing “unprecedented unity” as 30 farmer organisations in Punjab have come together to protest against the bills and the Congress was firmly supporting them.

    “On September 25, we will hold a three-hour chakka jam in all parts of Punjab. Sukhbir Badal will tour the entire state from September 26 to September 29 to engage with farmers and inform them of the ills of the new bills. On October 1, our cadre will assemble in a big gathering at the Dusshera ground in Mohali and our leadership will petition the Governor and the President to scrap the new laws,” SAD’s senior leader Daljit Singh Cheema said.

    Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu has announced he will lead a protest march in Amritsar on Wednesday. The Congress government may also call a special session in Punjab to scrap the application of the new bills in Punjab if its upcoming plea against the bills in the Supreme Court fails. Hooda has said that the Congress won’t allow the laws to be implemented in Haryana.

    A Punjab versus Haryana government situation is also emerging with Jakhar writing to Haryana CM Manohar Lal on Tuesday protesting against a tractor rally of Congress from Chandigarh to Delhi being stopped at the Haryana border on Sunday. Jakhar was himself driving a tractor and has written to Manohar Lal that stopping the rally was “undemocratic”.
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    2 Comments on this Story

    sandeepan pahari66 days ago
    these people are making Punjab and Haryana look like a joke in the eyes of the whole country
    Kartar Singh66 days ago
    For public entertainment, please do some monkey circus also.
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