Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) on Wednesday announced it would hold a ‘dharna’ at the official residence of Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh here on June 15 to demand the immediate dismissal of Punjab Health minister Balbir Singh Sidhu besides institution of a CBI probe into the vaccine and Fateh kit scams.
The SAD will also demand that land being acquired in the State for national highways be done on the market rate along with an award of displacement compensation to farmers.
It said it would join farmers to protest against the ridiculously low compensation being offered to them for the acquisition of their land for expressway projects in case the government did not amend this policy and offer compensation to farmers as per the policy of the erstwhile SAD-BJP government.
Daljit Singh Cheema said Shiromani Akali Dal President would lead the symbolic ‘dharna’ at the residence of Captain Amarinder Singh on June 15 and that it would be attended by the party’s senior leadership including core committee and PAC members, legislators, former legislators, the constituency in charge, district presidents and youth office bearers.
Shiromani Akali Dal spokesman said the vaccine scam, as well as the Fateh kit scam in Punjab, had shaken the conscience of Punjabis who were shocked that an elected government and its members were profiting from their misery during a time of the pandemic.
“Though the Congress government has admitted its fault in the vaccine scam whereby it sold vaccines to private hospitals at huge margins and in turn allowed the latter to charge steep premiums, no action has been taken against anyone,” he added.
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