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After quitting AAP, Khaira floats new political outfit

Press Trust of India  |  Chandigarh 

Sukhpal Singh Khaira, who had quit two days ago, Tuesday floated a new regional, political outfit -- --promising to end end corruption, sand mining, transport, cable mafia and justice in 2015 sacrilege, police firing incidents.

lambasted the Badal family and Chief Minister in his over one-hour-long speech, accusing them of betraying the people of and alleging and were playing "fixed and friendly match".

Ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, was the second political outfit to have been floated in the state after rebel Akalis formed (Taksali) last month.

On the occasion, six rebel MLAs Kanwar Singh Sandhu, Jagdev Singh Kamalu, Jagtar Singh Hissowal, Pirmal Singh Khalsa, and were present. Suspended from Patiala also attended the function.

On Sunday, Khaira, from Bholath constituency, had quit AAP, six months after he was ousted from the post of of Opposition of Assembly. However, he had not resigned as MLA and had dared AAP to get him disqualified.

"We have taken a very difficult and very big decision. We are thankful to all of you. With the blessing of God, I am going to announce Punjab-centric, regional party... it will raise burning issues in the state. Its name is Punjabi Ekta Party," said, during the launch function.

Reacting to the formation of Punjabi Ekta Party, and of Opposition Harpal said the people would not support Khaira's outfit.

"There is a history that splinter groups form parties when elections are near. But they are finished once elections are over. People will not support him (Khaira). He was an opportunist, who always thought of his own gains," said Cheema.

promised he would find solutions to the problems of farmers and end suicides, farm debt, and said cash subsidy would be transferred into farmers' accounts directly.

Khaira vowed to end corruption and action against big leaders who were found guilty of corruption.

"Just 0.1 per cent of the people comprising politicians and bureaucrats in Punjab are corrupt. They will not be spared and strict action will be taken," he said adding, "We will de-link the business of politicians from by bringing law on conflict of interest."

Khaira agreed with the proposal of suspended who had been advocating poppy cultivation in Punjab.

"We are in favour of promotion of organic drugs like poppy husk and opium so that people can be saved from synthetic drugs like 'chitta'," he said.

Khaira also promised effective Lokpal, jobs for the youth and ending sand mafia, drug trade, illegal mining, transport, liquor mafias.

In his speech, 53-year-old Khaira lashed out at the political families of Badals and Amarinder Singh, accusing them of "destroying" the state.

He alleged the government was continuing what the Akalis did in their tenure. "The mafia raj is still going on in the state," he alleged.

When asked about AAP, Khaira said he does not want to talk about "non-entities" in Punjab

He said he had not made up his mind on contesting Lok Sabha polls from which seat.

District presidents of would be announced soon, he added.

Meanwhile, Kharar MLA Kanwar Sandhu, who had been suspended by AAP, along with Khaira said, "The (six rebel) MLAs were there to listen to Khaira on his vision for the party." All six rebel MLAs did not sit on the stage.

Khaira, who along with another rebel MLA Kanwar Sandhu, was recently suspended from the party for indulging in "anti-party" activities, has been vocal against his former party's leadership.

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First Published: Tue, January 08 2019. 19:01 IST