No alliance with BJP in Punjab: Akali Dal chief after agriculture law revoked

Sukhbir Singh Badal vehemently ruled out the possibility of an alliance with the BJP in Punjab. (file)

Chandigarh, Punjab:

The government’s U-turn on three controversial agriculture laws after 17 months of protests provided a “said-said-so” moment for rivals, including the Shiromani Akali Dal – a former ally of the BJP in Punjab. Last year, the Akali Dal had pulled out its lone minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal from the ruling NDA amid differences over agricultural laws. Today, Sukhbir Singh Badal vehemently ruled out the possibility of an alliance in Punjab, where the party is eyeing a return to power, as he insisted, “I warned PM Modi about black laws. “

Reacting to the repeal of agricultural laws, one of the biggest policy reversals by Prime Minister Narendra Modi so far, the Akali Dal chief told reporters: “700 people lost their lives (in protest against farmers).. The country saw their martyrdom. People. I told the Prime Minister that farmers would not agree to the black laws made by the government.

In a video shared by news agency ANI, he can be heard saying, “What we said has come true.”

Asked whether his party can now consider forging an alliance with the BJP in Punjab, he emphatically replied “no”.

Earlier today, Akali Dal patriarch Parkash Singh Badal also hit out at the government soon after PM Modi’s big announcement in an address to the nation.

“When I congratulate the farmers of Punjab, the country and the world, my first thought goes out to the families of 700 farmers who were martyred in the noble struggle! This, and shameful incidents like Lakhimpur Kheri has always been a black spot on the face of this government. Will stay,” she said.

Eight people, including four farmers, were allegedly crushed to death by Union minister Ajay Mishra’s son Ashish in UP’s Lakhimpur last month, drawing nationwide condemnation.

“These brave sons will remain martyrs for providing justice to the farmers, for which my whole life has been dedicated. This is the first time in the history of democratic government that harsh and cruel laws were made without involving the stakeholders. Of Punjab. The former Chief Minister further said.

Over the past year, the Akali Dal had several times urged the government to hold talks with farmers camping near Delhi’s borders. Sukhbir Singh Badal, his wife Harsrat Kaur and several other party leaders also led the demonstrations.

Former Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur also attacked the Center in a tweet today. He also appealed to make Minimum Support Price of agricultural produce a “legal right” for the farmers.

Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi was among other opposition leaders who left no chance to lash out at the government today. He shared an old video in which he predicted the rollback.

Farmers from Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Rajasthan have been camping at Delhi’s borders for almost a year amid the pandemic and harsh weather conditions. They say they will not return to their homes until the law is repealed in Parliament.

Former UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav and Congress’s Priyanka Gandhi Vadra have said the move has been taken keeping in mind the UP elections, while other critics claim that the rollback is aimed at Punjab elections as well.

However, the Prime Minister in his address to the nation had emphasized this point: “Whatever I did, I did it for the farmers.”

“Apologizing to the nation, I want to say with a sincere and pure heart that perhaps there was something lacking in our tapasya (surrender) that we could not explain the obvious truth in the form of lighting a lamp to any of our farmer brothers,” he said. said.


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