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On Parkash Singh Badal’s first death anniversary, Sukhbir Badal again appeals for panthic unity

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On Parkash Singh Badal’s first death anniversary, Sukhbir Badal again appeals for panthic unity

SAD workers pay tributes to late CM Parkash Singh Badal.



Tribune News Service

Badal (Muktsar), March 10

On the first death anniversary of former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, SAD chief Sukhbir Badal today again appealed to all splinter Akali groups to reunite and said, “Complete panthic unity will be a true homage to his father.”

Badal passed away after prolonged illness on April 25 last year.

Addressing a gathering at Badal village, Sukhbir said, “It is impossible to become Badal Sahib, but I am ready to sacrifice everything for the ‘Quam’ and Punjab like him. My father, whom everyone called ‘Baapu’ or ‘Badal Sahib’ was a nationalist, true democrat and secular in his approach.”

He said, “His actions made him such a respectable leader that his opponents too showered praises on him.”

From the BJP, its state chief Sunil Jakhar, ex-MLAs Arvind Khanna and Jagdeep Singh Nakai were also present. However, none from the saffron party’s national leadership turned up.

Jakhar said, “Badal Sahib was my political mentor, a statesman and ‘Vikas Purush’. He was a humble man. I served as the Leader of the Opposition during his government. We both once even went to meet the Chairman of the Planning Commission to save this area from waterlogging.”

He said, “Badal Sahib allied with the BJP after more than a decade of strife to usher in peace and communal harmony in the state. He has left a legacy and big responsibility for Sukhbir.” Jakhar also took potshots at the AAP government and the incumbent Leader of the Opposition, but did not name anyone.

However, he did not say a word about the possibility of the SAD-BJP alliance for the 2024 Lok Sabha poll.

From the Congress, former MP Sher Singh Ghubaya and ex-MLA Raminder Singh Awla were present.

INLD patriarch Om Prakash Chautala said, “We have personal relations with the Badal family. He was a brave man, who fought vehemently for the farmers’ issues and spent more than a decade in jails. We all should take a pledge here to forget all political differences and work for the welfare of this agricultural state.”

Haryana Deputy Chief Minister Dushyant Chautala called Badal as Nelson Mandela of the state politics.

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