Union Minister and senior SAD leader Harsimrat Kaur Badal on Sunday said socio-economic reformation of Punjab is the priority of the NDA government at the Centre while the agenda of Congress is to "loot" the country.
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Tuesday constituted a six-member State Coordination Committee of Shiromani Akali Dal and BJP to streamline day-to-day functioning and cooperation between the alliance partners.
A local court on Friday sentenced a former Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader and four others to life imprisonment till death for killing a policeman who protested against eve-teasing of his daughter by them in a busy market place in 2012.
Senior leaders of the Shiromani Akali Dal and the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) on one side and the newly-created Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (HSGPC) Monday evening agreed to set up a panel to look into all aspects of control of Haryana gurdwaras to resolve the issue.
Focussing on youth, Punjab Budget 2014-15 has earmarked Rs 500 crore for skill development and Rs 100 crore for setting up rehabilitation centres for drug addicts in each district, while refraining from imposing fresh taxes.
Shiromani Akali Dal on Tuesday described the Haryana government`s move of setting up a parallel SGPC in that state as "direct assault" on the Sikh community, its history, traditions and spiritual values.
Leaders of Punjab`s ruling SAD will meet President Pranab Mukherjee soon to protest against the recent bill passed by the Haryana assembly under which a new Haryana Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (HSGPC) would be set up.
Accusing the previous UPA government at the Centre of meting out "step-motherly" treatment to Punjab, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Saturday said he would soon call on Prime Minister Narendra Modi to submit a plan for the development of the state.
Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal on Friday said the party will soon hold a discussion with the Union Home Ministry on the issue of 1984 anti-Sikh riots to put perpetrators of heinous crime behind bars.
Monday`s inclusion of Harsimrat Kaur Badal, wife of Punjab`s powerful Deputy Chief Minister and Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal and daughter-in-law of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, as a cabinet minister in Prime Minister Narendra Modi`s government has ensured that each member of the Badal family holds a top ministerial post.
Punjab Cabinet Minister for Jails, Tourism and Cultural Affairs Sarwan Singh Phillaur submitted his resignation from the Council of Ministers "on moral grounds" following recent reports of alleged involvement of a family member in drug trade on Thursday.
While talks are being held among the BJP top brass over the composition of the Cabinet in a Narendra Modi-led government, it is yet to be seen whether the party`s age-old alliance partner Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) will be considered for it or not.
AAP candidate Dharamvira Gandhi who defeated Union minister Preneet Kaur from Patiala on Saturday said growing anger against the ruling SAD on various fronts and disillusionment with Congress had gone in favour of the fledgling outfit.