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SAD will follow diktat of Akal Takht on Dera Sacha Sauda: Sukhbir

Press Trust of India  |  Phagwara (Punjab) 

said on Saturday that his party would abide by the diktat of Akal Takht on seeking support from followers in the Lok Sabha election.

Akal Takht, the primary seat of Sikh religious authority, had ex-communicated the Sirsa-based in an alleged blasphemy case of 2007.

Talking to reporters here, Badal said, "We will follow in letter and spirit the edict of Sri Akal Takht Sahib regarding the Sacha Saud on this matter."

He was answering queries about Sunil Jakhar's challenge to him to clarify his stand on the matter. Jakhar had declared that the would not seek support from the Dera followers.

has 13 parliamentary seats and it will go to polls in a single phase on May 19.

On Thursday's Indo-Pak meeting on Katrapur Sahib corridor, Badal accused of creating "hurdles intentionally".

Asking not to put restrictions and conditions on the entry of pilgrims, the former deputy minister said should follow liberal attitude shown by in respecting the Sikh sentiments.

"The demand of the for allowing 5,000 pilgrims daily and without any permit or other restrictions should be accepted by Pakistan," he said, adding "let it be a visa-free entry".

On completion of two years of the Amarinder Singh-led government in the state, Badal said the country has not seen "such a useless and good-for-nothing" minister.

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First Published: Sat, March 16 2019. 20:50 IST