Amritsar, May 14: Shiromani Akali Dal (Taksali) President and Khadoor Sahib MP Ranjit Singh Brahmpura on Tuesday released his party's manifesto in the holy city in the presence of senior vice president Dr Rattan Singh Ajnala and secretary general Sewa Singh Sekhwan and general secretary Manmohan Singh Sathiala.
Addressing the media during the release of the manifesto, Brahmpura said that suicides by the farmers, unemployment of youth, menace of drugs and sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib are the main issues for his party.
“Our party is committed to the improvement of fiscal health of the farmers who are committing suicides daily because of the huge debt on them as they fail to get the good prices of their crops. Even the Congress and BJP governments at the centre have failed to implement Swaminathan report to give the farmers the fair price of their crops", he said.
"Besides it, the unemployed youth is running abroad in search of jobs and studies because our respective governments have failed to generate enough jobs to accommodate them. Even Capt Amarinder Singh had made tall promises to waive farm loans and provide Ghar Ghar Naukri, but did nothing on the ground level,” Brahmpura told the media persons.
Criticizing the Capt government for the increase in the drug supply, the SAD (T) chief said that instead of the breaking the chain of drug supply to save the youth, drug abuse is rather on the increase. "We want to stop it. It is possible if the government is sincere to check the drug supply by breaking police-political nexus,” he said.
Replying to another query by the media that Badals say that sacrilege is now an old issue, Brahmpura said that it is a major issue for his party. "Behbal Kalan police firing on the innocent protesters and sacrilege incidents in Bargari are major issues for us. Such issues never get outdated. They rather go down in to the history as they get old. Even the Sikhs have not forgotten the operation Blue star and massacre of Sikhs in 1984. Badals are sinners and they avoid this issue,” he said.
The SAD (T) manifesto also listed the long pending demands of the state in it. "Punjab even has not a capital of its own. We also want Chandigarh to be handed over to Punjab. Besides it, we also want the right of the state on all of its river waters according to Riparian law. No water of the state would be allowed to be given to any other state as Punjab has no surplus water. We also promise government jobs to youth by finishing the present contract system in full pay scales,” Brahmpura said.
Answering another media query, SAD (T) secretary general Sewa Singh Sekhwan said that SAD (T) would not seek support from any such party or outfit whose connections are with Badals or the BJP. "We shall seek support of all like-minded parties and go to people, but no support from anybody else by ignoring the principals of the party," he added. (UNI)