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Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal)           Australia
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Dr Amarjit S. Tanda
                                       PRESS RELEASE

Shiromani Akali Dal Australia(Badal) welcomes Badal -Tohra  unity
Sydney, June 13
In an emergency meeting held at the residence of Dr Amarjit Singh Tanda, President, Shiromani Akali Dal Australia(Badal) welcomed the formal announcement of unity of two Akali stalwarts, Mr Parkash Singh Badal and Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, today in the evening and its alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party. The announcement was made at a joint press conference after one-hour closed-door meeting at the residence of Mr Tohra’s son-in-law Harmel Singh at Patiala. Dr Amarjit Tanda, told to the members of sad that the two leaders released the unity statement signed by them amid hugging each other and offering ladoos to openly demonstrate the forging of unity after four years of the estrangement. Dr Tanda said that the unity statement was drafted by Mr Manjit Singh Calcutta and later released to the media after it was approved by Mr Badal and Mr Tohra. Two Akali leaders had parted ways in early 1999 after Mr Tohra had suggested to Mr Badal to lighten his burden by appointing an acting president of the SAD so as to devote full time to governing Punjab when Mr Badal was the Chief Minister of the state. Dr Tanda said that the entire organisational set-up of the united party would be reconstituted from top to bottom, beginning from the Political Affairs Committee and going right down to the circle units of the party after mutual consultations.The two Akali leaders said: “We proclaim complete unity in the SAD” in keeping with the sentiments of the Sikh community and also in view of the “serious challenges to the Panth (Sikh community) and Punjab.” Dr Tanda  also told to the gathering that the united party will contest the coming June 29 panchayat elections jointly, appealed to the party rank and file to “select able candidate through mutual cooperation” and forget the past to work for the glory of the Sikh community.
Dr Amarjit Singh Tanda,
President, Shiromani Akali Dal Australia(Badal)