A ‘Punjabiat Great Grand Alliance’ providing a “viable, effective alternative” to the ruling SAD-BJP combine and Opposition Congress in Punjab will be announced on August 15 at Ludhiana, former Congress leader Jagmeet Singh Brar said on Monday. After attending the first meeting of the 225-member executive council of his movement ‘Lokhit Abhiyan’, Mr Brar told reporters that he would go to the doorsteps of all the “clean” Akali and Congress leaders in Punjab who were against their parties’ ideologies to convince them to join the ‘Great Grand Alliance’ for the betterment of the state. Lashing out at the Congress and the Akalis for meting out “injustice to Punjab in all spheres”, he said the alliance will chalk out a strategy for the agrarian crisis, drug menace and family fiefdom in major political parties in the state. He accused Punjab Congress chief Amarinder Singh of ignoring Dalits in the party and giving an “unsuitable response” to a senior leader like Sunil Kumar Jakhar and threatened to come out with “facts and figures” of the illegal wealth of Rs. 861 crore accumulated by him abroad on August 15. Mr Brar, a senior leader who had been expelled from the Congress, said he would also invite Navjot Singh Sidhu to the August 15 meet. He said the alliance could comprise the BSP, Left parties and others but did not disclose who all was he in touch with for the meet. Talking about ‘Lokhit Abhiyan’, Mr Brar said the movement “will continue and not die a political death”.
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