Punjab Polls: Another Twist with Fourth Front Finally
The much-anticipated Mahagathbandh
Gandhi regretted the fact that all the parties in Punjab including SAD, BJP, Congress and AAP have only indulged in looting and plundering of the state without giving a single thought to the issues and problems of the people. He said the need of the hour is to have a strong regional outfit which works for the welfare of the people and ends the mafia raj in the once flourishing state of Punjab.
The announcement of the Fourth Front was made by Gandhi at the end of the ‘Round Table Conference’ in Chandigarh on Sunday. Awaaz-e-Punjab leader Navjot Singh Sidhu was conspicuous by his absence, although his friend and ally Pargat Singh attended the programme. Gandhi pointed out that he had come in his individual capacity and not as an Awaaz-e-Punjab representative.
While addressing a press conference later, Gandhi said that representatives of the Democratic Swaraj Party, Jai Jawan Jai Kisan Party, Amritsar Voluntary Group, Apna Party Group and several other smaller political fora and groups from Punjab agreed on the formation of a strong regional front to tackle the burning issues including the sand, land and drug mafia, unemployment, health issues, deteriorating law and order problems etc.
Gandhi added that leaders from all the groups and political organisations agreed on the formation of a strong regional outfit to take on the might of the national parties as well as the ruling regional party: Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD). The Fourth Front will work for the welfare of Punjab and Punjabiat, said Gandhi. On the issue of front leader Chhotepur planning to form a party next month, Gandhi said the party will be a part of the Fourth Front.
The ground water level in Punjab has gone down alarmingly, but no one cares. Dark zones in the state have gone up to four and the lands of Punjab are turning fallow. Punjab doesn’t have a capital of its own. All parties have only exploited Punjab. All this must end,” warned Gandhi.