Interim Akal Takhat Jathedaar Dhian Singh Mand has called for a Bundh, or statewide shutdown, on Nov. 23, as another peaceful protest against the corrupt and abusive polices of the administration of Chief Minister Parkash Badal, a confidential source close to the organizers told Sikh Free Press.
The Badal Akali Party had also planned a Sadhbhavana, or peace rally, in Bathinda the same day. Members of the Punjab government, their allies and supporters are expected to attend.
The interim jathedaar was imprisoned Nov. 11 on sedition charges following Sarbat Khalsa 2015. But he has managed to mobilize the people of Punjab to counter the Akali show of solidarity. Punjabis are expected to stop all work for the day.