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SAD patron Parkash Badal takes to Punjab political stage for first time in two years

Sukhmeet Bhasin
Press Reporter News Service
Bathinda, October 3

Former Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal returned to Punjab’s political stage on Saturday when he addressed his first political rally within the state in over two years on the Thermal Floor in Bathinda.

Shiromani Akali Dal, which is trying to return to energy after 4 years of sitting within the opposition, addressed farmers—the group that might possible have among the many most vital impression in subsequent yr’s election—at a rally in Bathinda. The protest rally was held to protest the injury to cotton crops in Punjab’s Malwa area.

The 93-year-old Badal made a gaffe initially of his speech—he by accident referred to SAD-BJP staff, as an alternative of SAD-BSP.

Badal’s social gathering SAD, which had lengthy been an ally of the Bharatiya Janata Social gathering (BJP), broke ranks with them final yr over three controversial agriculture legal guidelines that farmers of Punjab—as effectively as Haryana and Uttar Pradesh—have since been relentlessly protesting. 

The Akalis are allying with Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Social gathering (BSP) for subsequent yr’s meeting elections. 

Badal, who stored a low profile for the reason that 2019 Normal Elections, cited his poor well being for conserving largely out of the general public eye. which despatched each his son Sukhbir Badal and his daughter-in-law Harsimrat Kaur Badal to parliament.

He’d final addressed a political rally within the state whereas campaigning for his social gathering within the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, which despatched each his son Sukhbir Badal and his daughter-in-law Harsimrat Kaur Badal to parliament.

He made his first political look after a hiatus of over two years at a rally organised by the Indian Nationwide Lok Dal in Jind that additionally noticed leaders corresponding to Nationwide Convention’s Farooq Abdullah attend it. The rally, organised to mark the mark the108th beginning anniversary of former deputy prime minister Chaudhary Devi Lal, was seen by some political analysts as an try and rally non-BJP and non-Congress events.

Bathinda is the Lok Sabha constituency of Harsimrat Kaur Badal.  

Meeting elections for Punjab’s 117 seats are due early yr. 

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