SAD asks CM to explain why he did not take up even single case of discrimination against Punjab during his “Bharat Yatra” with Kejriwal to solicit support against central ordinance with regard to Delhi govt

Dr Daljit Singh Cheema CM should have spoken up against attempts to dilute Punjab’s rights over Chandigarh as well as actions aimed at weakening federal spirit of the constitution Chandigarh, May 29 – The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) today asked chief minister Bhagwant Mann to explain why he was not taking up a single case of discrimination against Punjab during his ongoing “Bharat Yatra” with Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and why he was acting like a lackey of Kejriwal and parroting the lines of His Masters Voice.In a statement here, senior SAD leader Dr Daljit Singh Cheema said it was shocking that the Punjab chief minister had visited various States and met their chief ministers and prominent political leaders to solicit their support against the ordinance promulgated by the central government to make the Lt Governor of Delhi the final authority on postings and transfers, but had failed to raise injustices done to Punjab.Asking the chief minister to explain his silence to Punjabis, Dr Daljit Cheema said “never in the history of Punjab has the State witnessed a chief minister who has become completely subservient to the wishes of another State to the extent that he does not use even available forums to demand justice for his State''. Asserting that Chandigarh was also a union territory like Delhi, Dr Cheema said “Mr Bhagwant Mann has not spoken out against the repeated manner in which the centre had diluted Punjab’s claim over Chandigarh. This includes not maintaining the 60:40 ratio in postings of Punjab and Haryana officers respectively in the UT, creation of UT cadre which has robbed Punjab officials of posts in both the civil and police departments, allocation of central pay scales to Chandigarh employees and doing away with Punjabi in all official functioning”.The SAD leader said the chief minister had also failed to take up the issue of the dilution of the federal spirit of the constitution by decisions including extending the jurisdiction of the Border Security Force (BSF) from 15 kilometers from the international border to 50 km and removing Punjab from decision making in the Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB) by doing away with its Member in the Board. He said the chief minister had even not protested when Punjabi was removed as a minor subject in the CBSE.Dr Cheema said the servile attitude of Mr Bhagwant Mann vis a vis Arvind Kejriwal had also harmed the interests of the State. He said recently Mr Mann boycotted the meeting of the Niti Aayog at the instance of his “boss” even though he knew doing so would be detrimental to the interests of Punjab. “Punjab lost an important opportunity to solicit funds for various departments as well as infrastructure projects”.Reminding Mr Mann that he was chief minister of Punjab and that his first loyalty should be to the State and the people who had elected him to office, Dr Cheema said “your first duty is to do your utmost to remove injustices being done to your State. You failed in this and continue to work like a dummy which will further harm Punjab in the coming days”.

SAD slams Bhagwant Mann for boycotting Niti Aayog meeting

Chandigarh, May 27 – The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) today slammed chief minister Bhagwant Mann for boycotting the Niti Aayog meeting at the instance of his ‘boss’ Arvind Kejriwal, saying “Punjabis will be the losers in this face off”.Condemning the chief minister for putting the political interests of Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal over that of those of Punjabis, SAD Spokesman Charanjit Singh Brar said “the Punjab government has lost a chance to deliberate on key issues like education, health, skill development and infrastructure development by boycotting the meeting. The AAP government claims these issues are the cornerstone of its governance model but it has chosen to boycott a meeting which was going to discuss them threadbare”.Asserting that the eighth governing council meeting of the Niti Aayog discussed the entire road map for developing the country, Mr Charanjit Brar said “the chief minister should have attended the meeting to solicit required funds to fulfill this goal”. Taking objection to claims by the AAP government that it was boycotting the meeting in protest against discrimination against the State, the SAD leader said “this protest should have been recorded in the Niti Aayog meeting to resolve all issues faced by the State instead of staying away”.Mr Brar said the failure of chief minister Bhagwant Mann to adopt a proactive approach had already damaged the State and its economy. He said the chief minister had not taken up the issue of release of outstanding rural development fund (RDF) of Rs 3,600 crore with the Prime Minister till now. He said similarly the chief minister had not taken up the value reduction imposed on wheat produce damaged by untimely rains with the centre nor demanded adequate compensation for farmers. There are many other pending issues all of which needed to be flagged at the Niti Aayog meeting to ensure they were addressed. Punjab has lost an opportunity to resolve all these issues”.


S. Parkash Singh Badal

Patron of Shiromani Akali Dal, S. Parkash Singh Badal, served Punjab as Chief Minister for five times.  He has been the Chief Minister of the state from 1970 to 1971, from 1977 to 1980, from 1997 to 2002 and from 2007 to 2017 (two consecutive terms). He led the party as the president from 1995 to 2008. The Government of India awarded him the second highest civilian award, Padma Vibhushan, in 2015.

Born on December 8, 1927 in Abul Khurana, near Malout, Sardar Badal graduated



Sukhbir Singh Badal (born July 9, 1962) has been the President of Shiromani Akali Dal since 2008.  He led the political command of Punjab as the Deputy Chief Minister from 2009 to 2017.   

Sukhbir Singh Badal is the youngest person ever to become the President of Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD). Perseverance, consistent hard work and leadership acumen has elevated him to this coveted position. 

Sukhbir Singh Badal instigated several initiatives in the public interest during the party tenure. He infused a new lease of life in the organizational structure by spreading its



Shiromani Akali Dal has a well defined organisational structure with representation to all sections of society. Veteran leaders, who fought shoulder to shoulder with S. Parkash Singh Badal for the rights of the Punjabis, hold key positions in the party. The young and dynamic leaders in the party work closely with them to implement Akali Dal's core values while keeping in mind party’s main motto - Sarbat Da Bhala.