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PUNJAB

Industrialists to contest elections

Monday 18 December 2006

"Akali Dal and Congress have ignored industries"

Ludhiana: Upset with both Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) and Congress for allegedly ignoring the issues of the industries in the State during their respective regimes, entrepreneurs of Punjab have now decided to jump into election fray to fight for their causes.

``We have now decided to contest the forthcoming assembly elections just because of the fact that neither of the two political parties have ever put in their sincere efforts to resolve problems faced by industries,’’ Rajnish Ahuja, President of Focal Point Industrial Sheds Association, said.

As many as 20-22 industrial associations in Ludhiana have so far supported the decision of the industry’s representatives to contest elections. They have also decided to form a new outfit soon.

``We are also in the process of mobilizing support from industry representatives of other districts of the State,’’ Fasteners Association of India President Narinder Bhamra said.

Initially, the industry people will contest the elections from four seats in Ludhiana constituency, Ahuja said, adding that the industrialists, who are holding any position either in the Congress or SAD (B), would also resign from their posts.

Panel

The industrialists have also formed a five-member committee to chalk out the modalities in this regard.

Despite making promises several times, successive Governments never released the 10-year-old pending capital subsidy amounting to Rs. 550 crore for the industies, an industrialist said. - PTI.

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