Captain govt ban SAD’ poll khol rally, quoting it violence input
Punjab government leading under Captain Amarinder Singh has banned all the poll khol rallies of Shiromani Akali Dal, govt citing it as cause of violence in the state. Shiromani Akali Dal has arranged the rally for the Faridkot on Sunday, but unfortunately got banned. Captain Government citing intelligence inputs that the rally could become a flashpoint between the radicals staging a dharna there and the Akali workers.
According to the saources, initially state the police had issued the no objection certificate for rally, but later recalled by the district administration. Party president Sukhbir Singh Badal and Parkash Singh Badal were going to address the rally on the issue of Justice Ranjit Singh Commission report of Bargadi. It was meant to launch an offensive against the Congress government of Captain, which through the report, has blamed Parkash Singh Badal of ordering the use of force on those protesting against the incidents of sacrilege at Kotkapura in October 2015.
SAD leader Parambans Singh Romana told that around 150 cops swooped down on the rally venue and told them that the rally could not be held. “However, till we get the order in writing, we are continuing with our preparations,” he said. Top officials in the Captain government told that the Sikh radicals are staging a dharna at Bargari village near Faridkot, and their number has started to grow over the past few days, raising suspicion of trouble at the rally venue on September 16.
“These leaders had also protested outside a pre-rally meeting of the Akali Dal last week, and a clash between the two sides had taken place. The radical Sikhs also protested outside the rally venue of the Akali Dal at Abohar. Faridkot is a sensitive area as the first few sacrilege incidents took place there and in the vicinity. Thus it was decided to ban the rally,” a top state government official said.