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Dal Khalsa accuses Badal of playing vote-bank politics

PTI | Last Updated: Tuesday, November 5, 2013 - 19:30

Amritsar: Radical Sikh outfit Dal Khalsa on Tuesday said Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal`s move to provide sops to migrant labourers amply demonstrated he was playing vote bank politics which would harm state`s interest.

The increasing influx and settlement of migrants had brought "negative and unwanted changes" in the state, Dal Khalsa spokesman Kanwar Pal Singh said.

"Badal has failed to realise that the influx of migrants has had serious socio-economic-cultural ramification for Sikhs in particular and Punjab in general," he said.

"By encouraging them to get settled in the state, the SAD has joined the club of parties, including the BJP and the Congress, serving the interest of Delhi," he said.

Accusing Badal of playing harmful vote-bank politics, the Dal Khalsa leader said "why has the Akali government not provided the same facilities (free education, health-care, housing, etc) to Dalits in Punjab?"

"It is clearly vote-bank politics that will harm the interests of Punjab," he said.
Yesterday, lauding the role of migrant labourers in the overall development of Punjab, Badal said his government would provide free education and health-care facilities to them.

First Published: Tuesday, November 5, 2013 - 19:30
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