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Facing strong demand for a change of leadership, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Badal on Friday announced several fundamental changes in the party. Along with implementing the principle of ‘one family one ticket’ in the party, he announced to give two terms of 5 years each for the president of the party.

To assume the post for the third time, the party president will have to take leave for the next five years. With this new change, only one member from the Badal family will contest the elections. It is worth mentioning that from the Badal family, former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, Harsimrat Kaur Badal and Bikram Singh Majithia have been contesting elections. If the principle of ‘one family one ticket’ is implemented, then the above three prominent leaders will not be eligible to contest elections on SAD ticket. At the same time, according to the decision taken regarding the post of president, Sukhbir Badal can remain the party president for the next ten years. Sukhbir has also announced to set up a new organizational structure of the party.

50% tickets to workers below 50 years of age
In a press conference held at the party headquarters on Friday, the Akali Dal president announced that he would focus on the next generation leaders by reserving 50 per cent seats for party workers below the age of 50 in the upcoming assembly elections.

Organizational structure election till 30 November

Sukhbir said that the elections for the new organizational structure would be completed by November 30, under the supervision of the central body elections. 117 observers will be deputed to oversee the entire exercise in all circles of the state. The focus will be on the formation of booth committees, which will choose the booth president. Later the circle presidents will be elected, who will elect the district presidents.

Youth Akali Dal and SOI will be reorganized
Youth Akali Dal and SOI will be reconstituted. Simultaneously, the Sikh Students Union will be revived. The maximum age for Youth Akali Dal members will be 35 years and for the post of President, age relaxation will be given by five years. Similarly the upper age of SOI and SSF members will be only 30 years and only students will be enrolled in these organizations.

Decisions taken

  • On formation of the government, the posts of district and state president will be given to the workers.
  • From now on the district president will not contest elections
  • SC and backward classes will get proper representation in the party
  • An advisory board of intellectuals and scholars will be constituted
  • This board will advise the chairman on important matters.
  • From now on all Sikh office bearers in the party will be ‘Sabat Surat’.
  • Parliamentary board will be formed, which will give suggestions about the candidates

Expansion

Facing strong demand for a change of leadership, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Badal on Friday announced several fundamental changes in the party. Along with implementing the principle of ‘one family one ticket’ in the party, he announced to give two terms of 5 years each for the president of the party.

To assume the post for the third time, the party president will have to take leave for the next five years. With this new change, only one member from the Badal family will contest the elections. It is worth mentioning that from the Badal family, former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, Harsimrat Kaur Badal and Bikram Singh Majithia have been contesting elections. If the principle of ‘one family one ticket’ is implemented, then the above three prominent leaders will not be eligible to contest elections on SAD ticket. At the same time, according to the decision taken regarding the post of president, Sukhbir Badal can remain the party president for the next ten years. Sukhbir has also announced to set up a new organizational structure of the party.

50% tickets to workers below 50 years of age

In a press conference held at the party headquarters on Friday, the Akali Dal president announced that he would focus on the next generation leaders by reserving 50 per cent seats for party workers below the age of 50 in the upcoming assembly elections.

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