By Ishank Katyal
Shiromani Akali Dal was the oldest alliance of Bhartiya Janta Party’s National Democratic Alliance (NDA) on Saturday due to the large differences regarding three controversial farm bills which were passed earlier this month by the Parliament. Akali Dal chief Sukhbir Singh Badal said to media in Chandigarh: “The highest decision- making body of the Shiromani Akali Dal core committee at its emergency meeting here tonight decided unanimously to withdraw from the alliance of BJP’s NDA.”
Badal also called these bills “lethal” and “disastrous “ as he has a strong voter base from farmers. SAD has now become the third major NDA member to pull out from the alliance with BJP after Shiv Sena and Telugu Desam Party (TDP).
“Because of centre’s stubborn refusal to give statutory legislative guarantees to protect the assured marketing of the farmers crops on MSP (Minimum Support Price) and its continuous insensitivity towards Punjabi and Sikh issues like excluding Punjabi language as official language in Jammu and Kashmir.” He added.
Badal also said that Akali Dal will always stand for peace and harmony and will always work for the interest of the people of Punjab and its farmers.
On Akali Dal’s quit from BJP alliance, Sukhbir Singh Badal’s wife Harsimrat Kaur Badal said that NDA is no longer “envisioned “ by former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
“If pain & protests of 3 cr punjabis fail to melt the rigid stance of GoI (Government Of India), it’s no longer the #NDA envisioned by Vajpayee ji & Badal sahab. An alliance that turns a deaf ear to its oldest ally & a blind eye to pleas of those who feed the nation is no longer in the interest of Pb,”
Harsimrat Kaur Badal has recently resigned from the post of Union Minister in protest last week as the bills met a strong public disapproval.