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AAP rebels begin 'march for justice', may launch new party

Press Trust of India  |  Bathinda 

Party rebels in began Saturday a 180-km march for justice, which may end with the announcement of a new political party.

The Insaaf march led by Khaira, who was expelled by the when he rebelled after being removed as of Opposition in the Assembly.

The organisers said they are seeking justice in cases related to the desecration of the Guru Granth Sahib in 2015.

The group's leaders include suspended from Patiala, expelled MLA Kanwar Sandhu, Lok Insaf Party MLA Simarjeet Singh Bains, of Dal Khalsa and Lakha Sidhana.

They began the march after paying obeisance at Damdama Sahib gurdwara in Talwandi Sabo near here.

The march will end with a public meeting in Patiala on December 16.

They will seek a mandate then from the people to form a third alternative in to contest the Lok Sabha elections.

AAP rebels had earlier said if the people give their go-ahead, they would form a new party and forge a "grand alliance" with like-minded parties and individuals.

The leaders passed a resolution seeking the arrest of and in the connection with the 2015 sacrilege cases, and for the police firing which killed two protesters.

The Shiromani Akali Dal, led by the Badals, was in power in Punjab when the incidents took place.

Khaira mocked the Akali Dal leaders' announcement to atone for their mistakes at Akal Takht, calling it a farce to mislead people.

Khaira said no amount of penance can justify the wrongs done by the Badal family to the youth and farmers and to religious sentiments.

Addressing the gathering, the group demanded the 'Fakhr-e-Quom' title given to former by Akal Takht should be withdrawn.

Also taking on Amarinder Singh, the leaders claimed the present government has failed on all fronts.

He cited Singh pre-election promises on fighting drugs, tackling corruption, farm loan waiver and employment.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sat, December 08 2018. 20:15 IST