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Punjab government to make adequate arrangements for Prince Charles visit

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal said that the state government will make adequate arrangement if the Prince of Wales visit's the state.

While answering a query, after presiding over function at Parusharam Dharamshala, Mandi Gobindgarh where he was honoured by Brahman Sabha, Badal said that he had heard about the visit of Prince Charles and his wife Camila, the Duchess of Cornwall.

It may be mentioned here that there are reports that the British royal family would be in India for the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi and the family will visit Patiala, Jodhpur (Rajasthan) also.

Badal said that the state government has made elaborate arrangement for paddy procurement. Badal refused to comment on the state government decision in which the government had approached
Supreme Court challenging the order of Punjab and Haryana High Court in which the high court had directed the government to constitute a 5-member committee for examining the contents of a banned controversial book penned by Baba Piara Singh Bhaniarawale who claims to be a spiritual guru. Badal said that he will not comment on the issue as matter is still pending in court.

When asked about submitting of memorandum to Akal Takht Jathedar by a delegation of Unemployed ETT teachers’ Union, Punjab which was accompanied by SAD(A) president Simranjit Singh Mann, alleging sacrilege of turban and kes(hair) by the Punjab police, Badal said that the state government had initiated dialogue with teachers in past and ready to do the same in future. He claimed that the state government is taking decision on the basis of merit. Badal refused to comment on the statement of Bhartiya Kisan Union (Lakhowal) president Ajmer Singh Lakhowal, who is also chairman of Punjab Mandi Board, in which Lakhowal has appealed the farmers of the state not to pay power bills to the state government.
When asked Lakhowal is also part of the state government and what will be impact his appeal on farmers, Badal said he can not say anything on the issue. Though the function was organized by Brahman Sabha but no minister, MLA belongs to this community participated in today’s function. There was tight security arrangements. Badal made some announcements to woo Sabha. On reaching Parusharam Dharmshala, Badal first visit Parusharam temple where the temple priest applied tilak on his head. He was honoured by Sabha members. Sirhind MLA Didar Singh Bhatti, senior SAD leaders Jagdeep Singh Cheema, Sukhwinder Singh Bhambri, Gurpreet Singh Raju Khanna, Satwinder Kaur Dhaliwal also participated in the function. Most of BJP leaders were absent. Municipal Council, Mandi Gobindgarh president Dharampal Rao did not attend the function.

Photo Caption 1 : A priest while applying tilak to Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal during his visit to Mandi Gobindgarh. 

Photo Caption 2: Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal greeting people. 

Photo Caption 2 : Brahman Sabha office bearers while honouring Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal at Mandi Gobindgarh. 

All Photos by: Gurpreet Singh Mehak
Contributed by: Gurpreet Singh Mehak 
Country: India
Date: September 13, 2010