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The recent alliance of Shiromani Akali Dal and Bahujan Samaj Party for Punjab VidhanSabha forthcoming elections

Shiromani Akali Dal Chief Sukhbir Singh Badal’s owned New Chandigarh situated Five Star facility Sukhvilas is now a known Pivot of Punjab Dalit Politics where strategy on the Afflux of Poor Dalit is planned while sitting inside Airconditioned, Luxurious exquisite dining of Sukhvilas. This alliance of SAD and BSP says thousands of words and could be sounding as a new emerging change in Punjab Politics but let us remind you not too an old story of the year 2015 when SAD and BJP were in alliance and BSP stood against the SAD for atrocities on DALITS.

On 13 Dec 2015 Tensions escalated in Punjab after Dalits were murdered in a brutal manner. The limbs of the lower caste duo were chopped off inside Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader Shivlal Doda’s farmhouse. One of the victims, Bheem Tank died on way to the hospital as both his legs and hands were severed. While Gurjant Singh Janta whose one hand was chopped off was admitted in a critical condition. On this Dalit leader and chief of Bahujan Samaj Party, Mayawati demanded a high-level CBI probe in the matter. “Since the Akali-BJP government was formed in Punjab, the atrocities against Dalits have reached another level. We demand a high-level CBI probe in the matter,” she said.

In an yet another case in Oct 2016 where a 20-year-old boy Sukhchain Singh Pali was found dead with his leg severed in the Mansa district of Punjab, around 180 km from capital Chandigarh. Six people of his village have been charged with his murder.

Many Dalits men and women were mercilessly killed in the ruling time of SAD. It is not first time, even in time of Congress also, the most famous case of Sikh Labourer Bant Singh whose hands were severed when his minor daughter was gang raped. He had to wait for long decades for the justice and AAP party made him a fighting contestant in 2017 for then Vidhan Sabha Elections.

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By Taruni Gandhi

Taruni Gandhi is an ace writer and journalist with over a decade experience in covering health, social issues. She can be contacted at [email protected].

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