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Sukhbir S Badal calls for reopening of the international border for trade and enhancement in compensation to farmers tilling land across the barbed wire fence in Indian territory.

Sukhbir S Badal calls for reopening of the international border for trade and enhancement in compensation to farmers tilling land across the barbed wire fence in Indian territory.(Thousands congregate at Attari to join the Punjab Bachao Yatra which received a rousing welcome all along its route across Attari and Raja Sansi constituencies)Attari, February 1 - Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal today started the party’s Punjab Bachao Yatra from near the zero line here and gave a clarion call for re-opening of the international border with Pakistan to facilitate trade between the two countries besides demanding enhancement in compensation to farmers tilling land beyond the barbed wire fence in Indian territory.Earlier the SAD president and the senior party leadership offered prayers at Sri Akal Takhat Sahib to seek divine  blessings for the success of the party’s Punjab Bachao Yatra. The Yatra formally started from Attari with Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal leading a cavalcade of a thousand strong vehicles including tractors, cars and motorcycles to the tunes of “Utho ve Sher Punjabio Punjab Bacha lo”.Party senior leaders Gulzar Singh Ranike, Bikram Singh Majithia and Anil Joshi accompanied the SAD president at the head of the cavalcade along with hundreds of youth on foot. All along the way from Attari to Raja Sansi hundreds of tractors joined the Yatra along with a deluge of youth. Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal was showered with petals and garlanded profusely at various stops even as youth ran alongside his Jeep and vied with each other to meet and greet him.The SAD president held a detailed discussion with border farmers near the zero point during the course of which farmers disclosed that thousands of people had lost their livelihood due to the closure of the Integrated Check Post (ICP) at Wagah. They also related that they had not received compensation of Rs 12,000 per acre per annum for land across the barbed wire fence since the last two years. The farmers called for moving the fence close to the zero line, saying restrictions on caring for their produce was causing losses to them. The farmers also demanded that compensation for border farmers be raised to Rs 35,000 per acre for all 21,600 acres of land situated beyond the barbed fence. The farmers also complained that a Government hospital initiated by former chief minister Parkash Singh Badal here had not seen the light of day till yet.Asserting that the SAD was one with the farmers Mr Badal said “we will leave no stone upturned to ensure an increase in compensation received due to losses suffered in tilling land across the border”. He said the party would also make efforts to facilitate restart of trade at the international border which had the potential to rejuvenate the economy of the entire area.Later interacting with youth at Chogawan along with Veer Singh Lopoke, the SAD president said “we will expose all the falsehoods of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and its chief minister Bhagwant Mann during the next one month. We will prove that this party of outsiders and its puppet chief minister who is controlled from Delhi can never deliver justice to Punjabis”.  He said the Punjab Bachao Yatra would lay the foundation for the ouster of the corrupt, scam ridden, anti- Sikh and anti- Punjabi AAP government and result in the establishing of a time tested pro- people government led by the SAD which had a record of conducting speedy development along with maintaining peace and communal harmony. EOMJangveer Singh.

Sukhbir S Badal urges Punjabis to strengthen the SAD to strengthen Punjab

Sukhbir S Badal urges Punjabis to strengthen the SAD to strengthen PunjabMoga, January 15 – Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal today urged Punjabis to strengthen the SAD to strengthen Punjab, adding the Congress and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) had destroyed Punjab and could not be trusted with their votes.Addressing a large gathering at Takhtupura, the SAD president said “all national parties are targeting the SAD as they feel the people still trust the party as it alone has a track record of speedy development coupled with initiation of social welfare benefits and youth employment. The national parties are working to weaken the SAD and we have seen how recently a separate Gurdwara Committee was created for Haryana even as the Delhi Committee was given into the hands of anti-SAD forces”.Appealing to the people to save Punjab, Mr Sukhbir Badal said “any wrong decision taken now will take Punjab back even further”. He said both AAP and the Congress knew they had lost the faith of the people and were trying to get together to retain their political ground. Punjabis should understand that both parties have betrayed Punjab and they are aligning with each other only to loot Punjab even further”.Asserting that the time to save Punjab was now, Mr Badal said “chief minister Bhagwant Mann has not only bankrupted the State by taking a loan of Rs 60,000 crore but has also led the State into lawlessness and is allowing his legislators a free hand to collude with drug dealers which is leading to havoc in civil society. One cannot expect much from a person who was deboarded from a plane in Germany because he was in an inebriated condition but the failure of Mr Bhagwant Mann to run the State is costing Punjabis dearly. Industry is moving out of the State to Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh even as youth are being denied jobs as these are being given to outsiders at the bidding of AAP Convener Arvind Kejriwal”.Mr Badal said each and every section of society had been betrayed by AAP. “See the state of farmers. They have not been paid compensation despite facing three crop losses despite the tall promise of Mr Bhagwant Mann that farmers would be given compensation of Rs 25,000 per month even before the conduct of girdwari”. He said the poor were being denied social welfare benefits initiated by former chief minister Parkash Singh Badal. “The Shagun scheme has been discontinued. The beneficiaries under the aata-daal and old age pension scheme have been severely pruned. Scheduled caste students are not getting scholarships even as cycles were not being given to girl students”.The SAD president said in stark contrast the erstwhile SAD governments gave free power facility to farmers, made the State power surplus, constructed a road network worth Rs 35,000 crore and constructed irrigation channels, thermal plants and airports. He said once elected to power, the SAD would kickstart speedy development coupled with innovative social welfare schemes and revitalize the State’s economy.Senior leaders Barjinder Singh Brar, Harpreet Singh Kotbhai, Tirath Singh Mahla, Baldev Singh Manuke and Sanjeet Singh Gill also addressed the congregation. EOMJangveer Singh

CHIEF PATRON

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

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PRESIDENT

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

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ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE

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.