Bathinda, Punjab: Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal has said that while he sympathised with Sikh prisoners locked up outside the state, but he had no jurisdiction to intervention.

Akal Takht jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh had recently requested the state government to work for the release of Sikh prisoners, languishing in jails in spite of reportedly completing their punishment.

“Most prisoners are locked up out of the state. We empathise with them, but I cannot do much in this issue as it does not come into my jurisdiction. If I was to give the release orders, this will have taken a minute,” said Badal, in town to observe the 41th anniversary of the Sant Fateh Singh.

He added: “The issue has been directly linked to the peace in the state. Punjab has come out of a troubled era. We must maintain peace and harmony in state.”

On any possibility of seatsharing between the SAD and the BJP for the Lok Sabha polls, he said: “We will see and speak with the BJP. We are not among those who start making claims.”

He added that a mega agriculture summit would be organised in the state on February 23 and 24, which would be attended by progressive farmers, agriculture experts and leading agriculture companies. The aim is to come up with a strategy to bring out the farmers of the state from the current crisis.

Source: HT

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