SAD to initiate Akhand Paths for farmer agitation martyrs from January 2
(Sub-committee to redouble efforts to force centre to repeal Agri Acts in league with likeminded parties)
(Says PM should not shirk from holding a special parliament session to repeal the laws)
(Condemns vendetta unleashed against Arhtiyas by central agencies)
Chandigarh, December 21
The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) has decided to hold Akhand Paths from January 2 onwards to commemorate the sacrifice of Sant Ram Singh Singhri wala and 42 others who were martyred during the ongoing farmer agitation besides redoubling efforts to reach out to all like minded political parties to force the BJP led central government to repeal the three Agri Acts.
A decision to this effect was taken at a meeting of the party’s core committee which was presided over by its President Sukhbir Singh Badal.
The meeting decided that the first Akhand Path would be initiated at Gurdwara Sri Tegh Bahadur Sahib, Bahadurgarh on January 2 following which similar programmes would be held to give ‘shardhanjali’ to the martyrs in their respective districts. It was also decided that ‘ardas’ would be performed for the ‘charhdi kala’ of the Kisan Sangharsh. The committee also directed the party rank and file to help families of farmers who were engaged in the farmer agitation so that their fields were not left untended.
It was also decided that the party sub committee comprising senior leaders Balwinder Singh Bhundur, Prof Prem Singh Chandumajra and Sikander Singh Maluka would meet like minded parties in the coming days to make a joint strategy to force the NDA government to repeal the three Agri Acts. The sub-committee will also initiate discussions with other parties to ensure implementation of a federal structure in which the powers of the States were not abrogated by the central government. It noted that the BJP was also following the footsteps of the Congress party in this context.
Speaking at the core committee meeting, party President Sukhbir Singh Badal said Prime Minister Narendra Modi should not shirk from holding a special session of parliament to repeal the three Acts. He said it was in national interest to do so and that the Prime Minister should not stand on prestige on this issue. “Scrapping the winter session of parliament has already sent a very wrong message that the central government is running away from discussing the three Acts which were forced through in the last session. The government should hold an emergency session to resolve all the grievances of farmers”, he added.
Meanwhile the core committee resolved that maintenance of peace and communal harmony was of utmost importance for the future of Punjab. It resolved that the SAD would not let this core principle be diluted in any way and that it would strive to ensure that peace among different sections of society in Punjab was not disturbed in any manner.
The core committee condemned the vindictive attitude of the central government towards Arhtiyas and said the raids conducted on the President and office bearers of the Punjab Arhtiya Association by central agencies were intolerable in a democratic set up. It assured the Arhtiya community that the SAD would stand with them and would not allow them to be victimized in any manner.
The committee also announced that the party would contest the forthcoming municipal corporation and committee elections on the party symbol. It also decided that party Observers would finalize the party candidates by December five.
Senior party leaders who attended the meeting of the core committee included Balwinder Singh Bhundur, Nirmal Singh Kahlon, Charanjit Singh Atwal, SGPC President Bibi Jagir Kaur, Prof. Prem Singh Chandumajra, Gulzar Singh Ranike, Janmeja Singh Sekhon, Dr Daljit Singh Cheema, Sikander Singh Maluka, Hira Singh Gabria, Jagmeet Singh Brar ,Surjit Singh Rakhra, Baldev Mann,Manjinder Singh Sirsa and Harmeet Kalka.