In a meeting held at Chandigarh today, six political parties comprising Punjab Ekta Party (PEP), Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Lok Insaaf Party (LIP) Punjab Manch led by Dr. Gandhi MP, CPI and RMPI headed by Mr. Mangat Ram Pasla have decided to fight the ensuing Lok Sabha elections under the banner of Punjab Democratic Alliance (PDA). The PDA has arrived at a consensus on 12 Lok Sabha seats, that have been allocated party wise.
- Bahujan Samaj Party – Anandpur Sahib, Jalandhar and Hoshiarpur – 3
- Punjab Ekta Party – Bathinda, Faridkot and Khadur Sahib – 3
- Lok Insaaf Party – Ludhiana, Amritsar and Fatehgarh Sahib – 3
- Punjab Manch – Patiala – 1
- CPI – Ferozepur – 1
- RMPI – Gurdaspur – 1
The following candidates have been announced by the PDA today:
- Dr. Dharamvir Gandhi – Patiala
- Bibi Paramjit Kaur Khalra – Khadur Sahib
- Manwinder Singh Giaspura – Fatehgarh Sahib (SC)
- Master Baldev Singh Jaiton – Faridkot (SC)
- Vikram Singh Sodhi – Anandpur Sahib
- Ch. Khushi Ram Retd. IAS – Hoshiarpur (SC)
- Balwinder Kumar – Jalandhar (SC)
In a press release issued here today Khaira stated that the alliance has been forged to liberate Punjab from the clutches of corrupt traditional parties of Congress, SAD-BJP that have looted the state turn wise for the past many decades. Khaira speaking on behalf of the alliance said that as a result of the misrule of said traditional parties Punjab was facing a colossal debt of Rs. 2.5 lac crores, farmers and farm labourers are committing suicides in large numbers, lacs of youth have been rendered jobless and pushed into the vicious circle of drugs, traders and industrialists are facing the wrath of discriminatory policies of successive central governments, all types of mafia is ruling the roost in Punjab, corruption is at all time high, education and healthcare are in a state of shambles, environment and the river waters have turned poisonous, law and order has broken down giving way to jungle-raj, cruelty with government employees, the aspirations of Dalits and weaker sections are being suppressed by feudal leaders like Capt. Amarinder Singh and the Badals.
The alliance leaders reiterated that they stand committed on issue based, clean and accountable politics and their aim is not only sharing of Lok Sabha seats but to work for the betterment of Punjab. They will continue their struggle for the long pending demands of Punjab be it the river waters, the territorial disputes, our rightful claim to the capital city of Chandigarh and a true federal system with more powers and autonomy to the states.
Khaira said that the alliance would continue its tirade to ensure justice on the sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib ji and the Behbal Kalan killings, on which the Capt. Amarinder Singh government seems to be dragging its feet and unwilling to punish powerful people like Sumedh Singh Saini ex DGP, Sukhbir Singh Badal ex Dy.CM and Parkash Singh Badal ex CM.
The PDA calls upon the people of Punjab to join hands with us so that we can rid Punjab off corrupt and feudal forces.
Khaira said those present at the meeting included Dr. Dharamvir Gandhi MP of Punjab Manch, Rashpal Singh Raju President BSP Punjab, Simarjit Singh Bains President Lok Insaaf Party, Bant singh Brar of CPI, Mangat Ram Pasla of RMPI Pasla group, MLA Master Baldev Singh Jaiton, Jaswinder Singh Khalsa of LIP and Dr. J.S. Cheema of the Punjab Manch.