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Will raise farmers’ issues with Shah, says Sukhbir 

Chandigarh: The Akali Dal will be raising the issue of wooing farmers and implementation of the Swaminathan Commission report with BJP chief Amit Shah during a meeting between the two alliance partners here on Thursday.The visit by Shah is being seen in the political circles as his efforts to reach out to their long-term ally, the SAD, as the NDA prepares its strategy for sounding the 2019 poll bugle.Akali Dal patron Parkash Singh Badal, party president Sukhbir Badal, BJP state president Shwait Malik and other senior leaders will be present.Sukhbir said: “The Akali Dal and the BJP are traditional allies. We have to fight the election jointly and we need to strengthen the NDA. It is with this idea that the BJP chief is reaching out to all allies,” he said. A senior Akali Dal leader, requesting anonymity, said the party would be asking Shah to immediately ask the Centre to announce decisions to woo rural voters and urban trading community. “We will not be getting into the past and avoid all rumblings between the two partners. For Akali Dal to regain its farmer voters, the party leaders will be pressing the need for having a concrete plan, including implementing the Swaminathan Committee report. The Centre will have to give more than what the state government in Punjab is doing,” he said.

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