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Akali Dal to protest at Punjab assembly at budget session opening

IANS  |  Chandigarh 

The (SAD) will 'gherao' (lay siege) to the assembly on the opening day of the budget session next month to protest against the government's "betrayal of the people of and the non-fulfillment of Aany of its poll promises, especially hitting farmers, farm labour and the poorer sections of society".

The party will also protest the stoppage of all social welfare benefits to the people by the present regime, a said here on Wednesday evening following a meeting of the party core committee.

The meeting, presided over by Sukhbir Singh Badal, came down heavily upon for reneging on every promise made to the people in the manifesto before assembly elections last year.

"The has not only betrayed farmers to whom he had promised a complete loan waiver covering nationalized and cooperative banks as well as private money lenders, but he was persecuting the poor by denying them social welfare benefits including Atta-Daal, old age pension, Shagun scheme and SC scholarship," the core committee said in a statement.

It said the party, while agitating for the right of farmers and weaker sections, would force the government to include farm labourers and Dalits in the ambit of its proposed farm loan waiver.

The party also announced that the and the SGPC (Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee) would commemorate the 550th birth as a global event "in full Khalsa splendor".

The and main opposition (AAP) leaders had stayed away from a meeting called by the government to prepare for

"The meeting clarified that there was lack of communication on the part of the in informing the about the meeting called by it to discuss modalities for observing the Parkash Purab. The would wholeheartedly participate in any future meeting on this issue if it was headed by Amarinder Singh," the said.



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First Published: Wed, February 14 2018. 23:12 IST