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Badal demands package for President’s Rule victims

Chandigarh: Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Thursday sought a comprehensive package of Rs.14.61 crore for the next of kin of 788 persons killed during President’s Rule in the State.

Mr. Badal raised this issue when he called on Union Home Minister Shivraj V. Patil in New Delhi on Thursday, an official spokesman said here.

Mr. Badal also asked the Union Home Minister to grant Rs.116 crore for setting up of Mega City Policing facility in Ludhiana and Amritsar.

One of the major issues raised by the Punjab Chief Minister pertained to police verification of passengers travelling by bus to Lahore. He said that this requirement should be dispensed with, the spokesman said. Referring to the issue of the construction of a modern jail at Faridkot, Mr. Badal also demanded the release of Rs.103 crore as one time grant for the improvement of the jail infrastructure in the State.

The Chief Minister sought Mr. Patil’s personal intervention for releasing capital grant of Rs. 140 crore for Maharaja Ranjit Singh Police University and Rs. 92.86 crore for the provision of sewerage and drinking water facility in 11 towns of Boder District of Punjab under Border Area Development Programme (BADP) scheme.

Campaign in Delhi

In a bid to woo Sikh voters to the NDA fold, Mr. Badal will address election rallies in Delhi this Sunday.

Shiromani Akali Dal patriarch will campaign for four SAD candidates and select BJP candidates on November 23, said SAD working president Sukhbir Singh Badal in New Delhi. “I am sure that SAD would ride the affinity of Punjabi population where ever we are contesting. We are set to make history in Delhi,” he said.

The Akali Dal, an ally of BJP, is contesting in four seats -- Rajouri Garden, Jangpura, Adarsh Nagar and Shahdara. The junior Badal expressed confidence that the alliance will be able to capitalise on the “mounting anger against inefficiency and mis-governance of Congress government”.

“In Punjab the SAD-BJP partnership has stood the test of time and we are fully geared up to make a mark in Delhi,” he said.

In Delhi, the campaign is being looked after by B. S. Majithia, the youngest Minister in Punjab, and Daljit Singh Cheema, party general secretary. Scores of members of Shiromani Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee, are also seeking votes for BJP-SAD alliance, Mr Sukhbir Badal said. PTI

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