Jalandhar: In a meeting held at Jalandhar yesterday late evening, four political parties comprising Punjab Ekta Party (PEP), Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Lok Insaaf Party (LIP) and the Punjab Manch led by Dr. Gandhi MP have decided to fight the ensuing Lok Sabha elections under the banner of Punjab Democratic Alliance (PDA). The PDA has arrived at a consensus on nine Lok Sabha seats, that have been allocated party wise.
- Bahujan Samaj Party – Anandpur Sahib, Jalandhar and Hoshiarpur – 3
- Punjab Ekta Party – Bathinda and Faridkot – 2
- Lok Insaaf Party – Ludhiana, Amritsar and Fatehgarh Sahib – 3
- Punjab Manch – Patiala – 1
In a press release issued here today the Khaira stated that the alliance has been forged to liberate Punjab from the clutches of corrupt traditional parties of Congress, SAD-BJP that have looted the state turn wise for the past many decades. Khaira speaking on behalf of the alliance said that as a result of the misrule of said traditional parties Punjab was facing a colossal debt of Rs. 2.5 lac crores, farmers and farm labourers are committing suicides in large numbers, lacs of youth have been rendered jobless and pushed into the vicious circle of drugs, traders and industrialists are facing the wrath of discriminatory policies of successive central governments, all types of mafia is ruling the roost in Punjab, corruption is at all time high, education and healthcare are in a state of shambles, environment and the river waters have turned poisonous, law and order has broken down giving way to jungle-raj, cruelty with government employees, the aspirations of Dalits and weaker sections are being suppressed by feudal leaders like Capt. Amarinder Singh and the Badals.
The alliance leaders reiterated that they stand committed on issue based, clean and accountable politics and their aim is not only sharing of Lok Sabha seats but to work for the betterment of Punjab. They will continue their struggle for the long pending demands of Punjab be it the river waters, the territorial disputes, our rightful claim to the capital city of Chandigarh and a true federal system with more powers and autonomy to the states.
Khaira said that the alliance would continue its tirade to ensure justice on the sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib ji and the Behbal Kalan killings, on which the Capt. Amarinder Singh government seems to be dragging its feet and unwilling to punish powerful people like Sumedh Singh Saini ex DGP, Sukhbir Singh Badal ex Dy.CM and Parkash Singh Badal ex CM.
Khaira said it was unfortunate that the Akali Dal Taksali unilaterally announced their candidate for the Anandpur Sahib seat while deliberations under the PDA were still going on. He said the PDA strives for complete unity of the opposition ranks and urges the leaders of Akali Dal Taksali to withdraw their candidature from Anandpur sahib seat and join the alliance umbrella in the larger interest of Punjab.
The PDA calls upon all likeminded parties and forces that maintain an equidistance from the corrupt traditional parties of Congress, SAD, BJP to join hands with us so that we can rid Punjab off corrupt and feudal forces. In this context the PDA invites CPI, CPM, RMPI Pasla group and different BKU organisations to support and join us, so that we can all together defeat those responsible for bringing Punjab on the verge of collapse. The alliance stated that the remaining four seats will be decided shortly.
Khaira said those present at the meeting included Dr. Dharamvir Gandhi MP of Punjab Manch, Rashpal Singh Raju President BSP Punjab, Randhir Singh Beniwal Incharge BSP Punjab, Simarjit Singh Bains President Lok Insaaf Party, Gurpartap Singh Khushalpur PAC member PEP, Jaswinder Singh Khalsa of LIP and Dr. J.S. Cheema of the Punjab Manch.