Sukhbir Singh Badal – President, Akali Dal:
Hindu-Sikh ekta & Bhaicharak Sanjh got a boost in Punjab with Sr BJP leaders & ex-minister Anil Joshi joining SAD after resigning in support of farmers.
Other leaders included Sukhjit Kaur Shahi, Mohit Gupta, Kamal Chatly, Raj Gupta, RD Sharma,Harjit Bhullar, Aman Aery & Mintu Sharma.
Anil Joshi Ji’s aggressive advocacy of interests of Punjab, Punjabi & Punjabiyat has always been so remarkable that he has always struck everyone as an Akali at heart.
Today we have formalised what was always a bonding of hearts & minds.
Anil Joshi Ji brings with him not just massive grassroot support but also a well grounded culture of service to the people and an ideology rooted in pride of Punjab.
He parted ways with BJP to stand by the farmers & he is now with the most farmer friendly party in the country.
It’s remarkable that Joshi Ji is now in the party for whom farmers’ cause has always been sacred. And there is a strong symbolism in his joining Akali Dal this day, August 20, the martyrdom day of Sant Harchand Singh Ji Longowal, the apostle of Peace & communal harmony.
Today’s function is dedicated to the Kisan Sangharsh as well as supreme sacrifice made by Sant Longowal ji for communal harmony.
Akali Dal is committed to assemble all Punjabis under one umbrella & this is the reason why we have inducted senior most BJP workers into our party.
Pleased to appoint ex-minister Anil Joshi as Sr Vice President of Akali Dal.
Raj Gupta & Sukhjeet Shahi ji have been appointed as vice presidents & Mohit Gupta as party’s Gen secy/PAC member/spokesman.
Mr Joshi & Mr Gupta will be SAD-BSP candidates for Amritsar North & Sujanpur.