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SAD will join CM's demonstration in Delhi for MSP hike: Sukhbir

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Patiala, Feb 23 (UNI) The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) will support Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, if he stages a 'dharna' outside the Prime Minister's Office to demand a hike in the minimum support price (MSP) of Wheat.

Addressing a press conference in Kauli Village near here, sad mp Sukhbir Singh Badal said that Punjab's economy was based upon agriculture out the economic condition of the state farmers was deteriorating during the last four years.

''The Punjab chief minister should come forward to organise a demonstration in front of PMO in Delhi as he did in 2002 during the NDA regime at the Centre,'' Mr Badal sid, adding his party would support capt Singh in this venture.

Making a scathing attack on Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, he said the PM and his cabinet colleagues were more anxious to advocate the case of industrialist L K Mittal for setting up his industry in France and had forgotten the case of turban ban on the Sikhs in the schools of France. He, however, thanked BJP leader L K Advani for taking up the turban issue with the French president.

He said that SAD was examining the case of rehabilitation of 300 odd terrorists in Punjab and later the confession of DGP SS Virk at a press conference that the police rehabilitated these terrorists without trying them in the court.

''Nobody is above the law and the police was bound to proceed endes the provisions of the IPG,'' he said, adding legal experts from his party were examing the issue.

''I fear that Capt Amarinder Singh might use his private army (the rehabilitated terrorists) in the forthcoming state assembly elections,'' he said.

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