SAD (B)-BJP to stage 'dharna' at New Delhi to press demands

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Hoshiarpur, Feb 2 (UNI) Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today said that SAD (B) and BJP would stage a joint 'dharna' on February 12 in New Delhi to press for total waiver of Pujab farmers' loan, an industrial package on the pattern of Himachal and Kashmir and to oppose the proposal of a separate Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee for Haryana.

While talking to media persons here, Mr Badal brushed aside fears that the sit-in protest would create bitterness in the Centre-state relations.

''Holding peaceful protest was a democratic right of the party to pressurise the Central government to accept the justified demands of the state government for the welfare of Punjab,'' he said.

As Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) was a parental body of SAD, the party would strongly oppose any interference in Committees' religious matters and protest against formation of a separate SGPC in Haryana,'' Mr Badal asserted.

The chief minister, while enlisting pro-people measures taken by his government, said a new security training course had commenced under the Punjab Police Security Corporation at the PRTC, Jahan Khelan and plans were afoot to open special training centres in each district for imparting basic training to youths for joining Army, he added.

Keeping in view the heavy global demand of skilled, semi-skilled, artisans in latest and modern construction work, state government in collaboration with L and T company would soon open a training centre for imparting all types of training in construction works.

Referring to the ongoing controversy over challenging the supremacy of Akal Takhat, Amritsar by Jathedar Giani Iqbal Singh of Patna Sahib, Mr Badal opined that Jathedars of all the Takhats should sit together to resolve this issue amicably.

Defending his decision to pass the baton of SAD chief to his MP son Sukhbir Singh Badal, Mr Badal said that he was already the working president of the party and had been duly and unanimously elected as President of the party.

''His name was proposed by the senior leaders like Capt Kanwaljit Singh which was supported by Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa and there was no question of my foisting him upon the party,'' Mr Badal asserted.

Later, the Chief Minister interacted with the 245 trainees who were getting training in security training course in the PRTC.

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