(Chd,Pb)SAD Demands Independent Probe into ‘Seed Scam’ in Punjab
Shiromani Akali Dal on Thursday demanded an independent probe while terming the reported vigilance investigation as a cover-up exercise’.
The party submitted memorandums to deputy commissioners across Punjab in this regard.
In the memorandum, SAD leaders demanded that all those responsible for the supply and sale of spurious paddy seeds should be arrested and farmers be compensated.
The Shiromani Akali Dal had claimed that a close associate of cabinet minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa was allegedly involved in the supply of spurious seeds, which were not approved for sale by the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU).
SAD leader Bikram Singh Majithia told mediapersons in Amritsar that the Vigilance Department was not expected to act against the state minister.
Senior party leader Dr Daljit Singh Cheema said only custodial interrogation of the seed supplier could unravel the entire scam and demanded an independent probe into it.
The leaders further said seeds, which earlier cost Rs 70 per kg, were sold at Rs 200 per kg to farmers by the scamsters .
A raid was conducted at a seed store in Ludhiana and more than 750 quintals of seed packaged as PR-129 and 100 quintals of seed packaged as PR-128 were seized,
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(Sangrur,Pb)Badals Only Make Statts Against Cong But We Will Fight Them:Dhindsa
Rebel Akali leader Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa on Sunday accused the Badal family of being “hand in glove” with Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, saying their business interests “remained unaffected” despite the Congress being in power in the state.
Dhindsa appeared to to be responding to the allegations by Akali Dal leaders that he and his son Parminder Singh Dhindsa were being used as “pawns” by the CM and Congress to weaken the SAD.
The Dhindsas were expelled by the Akali Dal for alleged anti-party activities on February 3.
On Sunday, they held a massive “Save Punjab, Save Panth” rally on their home turf in Sangrur.
(New Delhi)SAD Will Sport BJP in Delhi Assembly Elections:Nadda
SAD not contesting On Any Seat In Delhi
BJP president J P Nadda on Wednesday hailed the Shiromani Akali Dal as an old and strong ally, while Badal asserted that their alliance is not merely about politics but also about a bond of sentiments.
Akali Dal’s decision to not contest the polls had triggered concerns in the BJP that it may alienate a section of Sikh voters.
Nadda held a long meeting with Badal before addressing the joint press conference.
(Asr,Pb)Majithia’s Associate Gurdeep Shot Dead in Front of Gurudwara
A local Shiromani Akali Dal leader Gurdeep Singh Whose Wife is a Village Head was shot dead by three motorcycle-borne assailants at Umarpura village when he was coming out of a gurdwara after offering prayers
The assailants managed to flee after pumping five bullets into Singh, who died on the spot
Singh was said to be a close associate of senior Akali Dal leader Bikram Singh Majithia.
The SAD had described Dhilwan’s killing as a “political murder”.
(Asr,Pb) Sukhbir Badal Unanimously Re-elected Prez of 99 Yrs Old SAD
Sukhbir Singh Badal unanimously re-elected president of 99 Years Old Shiromani Akali Dal.
The 57-year-old former Punjab deputy chief minister became the SAD chief for the third time in a row.
His name was proposed by senior party leader Tota Singh and seconded by another senior leader, Prem Singh Chandumajra.
The SAD on Saturday observed its 99th foundation day.
The election for the post was held at Teja Singh Samundri Hall of the SGPC complex.
(Chd,Pb)Dhindsa Resigned From Leadership of SAD in Rajya Sabha
Rajya Sabha member Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa (82) said he tendered his resignation to Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday and also informed the same to the party on Friday.
However, he said that he did not give any reason for tendering his resignation
SAD senior vice president and former minister Dr Daljit Singh Cheema the party had already elected Rajya Sabha MPs Balwinder Singh Bhunder as party’s leader and Naresh Gujral as deputy leader in the Upper House.
In September last year, Dhindsa had resigned as the party’s secretary general and from its core committee, citing health reasons.
[Chd,Pb] Shiromani Akali Dal Fields “Parminder Dhindsa” from Sangrur
The Shiromani Akali Dal Friday announced it will field former finance minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa from the Sangrur Lok Sabha seat
Dhindsa,is sitting MLA from Lehragaga in Sangrur and former finance minister
His father,Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, a Rajya Sabha MP and a former Union minister, had reportedly asked him not to contest the polls and had also said that he would not campaign for him if he decided to fight elections.
Veteran Akali leader Sukhdev Dhindsa had last year resigned from the SAD’s core committee and as its secretary general citing health reasons.
It was Sukhdev Dhindsa who had reportedly sought the resignation of the then Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh, holding him responsible for granting pardon to Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmit Ram Rahim Singh in 2015 in a blasphemy case of 2007.
The SAD fielded Parminder Dhindsa, a five-time lawmaker, from the seat as it wanted to put up a strong face from Sangrur.
Sangrur is currently represented in the Lok Sabha by Aam Aadmi Party Punjab chief Bhagwant Mann, who is seeking re-election from the seat.
The Congress is yet to announce its candidate for the seat.
The SAD has fielded sitting MP
Surjit Singh Rakhra from Patiala seat, former IAS officer
 Darbara Singh Guru from Fatehgarh Sahib (reserve), former SGPC chief
Bibi Jagir Kaur from Khadoor Sahib and former deputy speaker of Lok Sabha
Charanjit Singh Atwal from Jalandhar (reserve) seat.
Prem Singh Chandumajra from Anandpur Sahib, former minister
Of total 13 Lok Sabha seats in Punjab, the Akali Dal will contest on 10 while its ally BJP will fight on three seats as per seat sharing arrangements.
The seven-phased Lok Sabha polls will begin on April 11 and end on May 19. Punjab will go to polls in a single phase on May 19.
The votes will be counted on May 23.