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Candidates debate on saving rivers from water pollution

Jalandhar: In a first of its kind, candidates in fray from all political parties for Assembly elections on Sunday came together at one platform, promising to wage a war against water pollution, if they won from Shahkot assembly constituency of Jalandhar district.

Candidates from SAD, Congress, AAP, BSP and the independents participated in the debate on polluted waters of Punjab, which was moderated by renowned environmentalist Baba Balbir Singh Seechewal. As many as six candidates took part in the debate.

Baba Seechewal had already mobilized the voters to vote for that candidate, who promises action for ‘Green Punjab-Clean Punjab’ initiative. He also listed a 10 point agenda to save environment, especially river waters, which was the need of the hour to save the future generations.

Senior SAD leader and Shahkot assembly seat candidate Ajit Singh Kohar, who has won from this seat four times in a row, faced a volley of questions not only from the voters but rival candidates in fray too.

AAP candidate Dr Amarjit Singh Thind, Congress candidate Hardev Singh Ladi, BSP Ranjit Kumar, CPI (M) Bachittar Singh and SAD (Amritsar) Sulakhan Singh took part in the elections including SAD’s Ajit Singh Kohar filled a form promising action to save river waters of Punjab from pollution from industrial units.

Promising action AAP and Congress candidates said that if they came to power, they would ensure weeding out corrupt in from Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB), which was the root cause of no action against erring industrial units. AAP candidate Dr Thind said that his party has already promised to implement ‘Seechewal Model’ in its manifesto.

Kohar shared the achievements of SAD-BJP government led by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal during the 10-year rule and assured that the initiatives to save environment would continue in letter and spirit.

Further, when Kohar was targeted, he in turn cornered AAP candidate to clarify Arvind Kejriwal led Delhi government’s stand over law and order problem in the national capital.

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