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PAC for front against Congress
Badal to nominate SGPC chief today

Tribune News Service 
Amritsar, November 26
The Political Affairs Committee meeting of the ruling Akali Dal held here today gave a call for floating a united front of like-minded parties to defeat the Congress.

The meeting also decided to authorise Mr Parkash Singh Badal, the party president, to nominate the candidature of the chief and other office-bearers of the SGPC, the election of which is scheduled for tomorrow.

Meanwhile, a veteran SGPC member belonging to the ruling party, staged a walkout from the joint meeting of PAC and SGPC members when Mr Badal was authorised to announce the candidature of SGPC chief. He said such a step was against the democratic values of the party as no candidate should be imposed on the SGPC. He declared that he would vote against the ruling party if Mr Jagdev Singh Talwandi or Bibi Jagir Kaur were nominated for the coveted post.

Meanwhile, the Political Affairs Committee has decided to divide the state into five zones for the election campaign in the coming days.

Capt Kanwaljit Singh and Mr Sewa Singh Sekhwan, both Cabinet ministers and members of the PAC, said that the members were in favour of forging panthic unity against the Congress, but pre-condition by the Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal or Panthic Morcha would not be accepted. They said the unity should be of hearts and pre-conditions should not come in the way of such a move.

Capt Kanwaljit Singh said while one group wanted that Bhai Ranjit Singh should be reinstalled as Jathedar, Akal Takht, the Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal insisted that Mr Badal should appear before Akal Takht. But both these pre-conditions were not acceptable felt the PAC members unanimously.

Four resolutions were unanimously passed at meeting which was presided over by Mr Jagdev Singh Talwandi, SGPC chief. In one resolution, the PAC condemned the Congress leadership for accusing Mr Badal for having sympathy with terrorists. It said that the former Punjab Governor, Lieut-Gen Chhibber, stood exposed by joining the Congress. The meeting said that the former Governor had not given sanction to prosecute 12 former Congress ministers who allegedly indulged in corruption during the Congress regime.

The meeting also alleged that Capt Amarinder Singh, president Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, who had dubbed the then Central government responsible for Operation Blue-star and Delhi riots, was now backing the same high command.

Meanwhile, the Panthic unity efforts today hit a snag as the PAC of the ruling party and the Panthic Morcha, including the Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal, refused to budge from their respective stands.

Coming heavily on the ruling party, Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, President, SHSAD, said that it was a matter of concern that the PAC of the ruling party had again authorised Mr Badal to nominate the SGPC chief and other office-bearers, throwing all democratic values of the party to wind.Back

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