Akalis never had any lure of office: Badal - ECAS Punjab

Akalis never had any lure of office: Badal

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Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, September 19

Akali patriarch and former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has hailed the party's decision to pull out of the Union Cabinet as a landmark moment and insisted that the Akali Dal has a long history of rejecting lure of office and standing up for principles.

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Parkash Singh Badal, ex-chief minister

'Nothing dearer than principles'

With the resignation of Harsimrat, the SAD has demonstrated yet again that nothing is dearer to it than its principles as well as the interests of farmers.

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Speaking for the first time on the issue of Harsimrat Kaur Badal's resignation, Badal said: "The lure of office means nothing to an Akali. Countless times, as during the Emergency, we turned down outright offers of power as a price for silence against injustice. But we always spurned such offers and preferred to stand by the country and principles, and filled jails for that. That tradition will always live on."

"I am proud that when the hour of reckoning arrived, my party, as always, held aloft the flag of justice for farmers and other exploited sections of society. This flag symbolises the identity of the Akali culture and movements and it is a great feeling to watch it flying high," said Badal.

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Capt Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister

'Leave NDA if you are with farmers'

The Badals should stop lying, and instead, come out in the open against the NDA by withdrawing from the alliancehellip; otherwise claims of standing with the farmers are hollow.

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The former Chief Minister said the farmers' issue was linked to the national interest. "Agriculture is the backbone of our economy. If farmers and agricultural economy suffers, the whole economy, including trade and industry will suffer too."

Batting for farmers, the SAD patriarch said: "The Punjab farmers had always come to the country's rescue when it needed to be saved from the ignominy of famines and dependence on other nationshellip; today, it is the country's turn to stand by the farmers."



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