Chandigarh / New Delhi:
Shiromani leader Akali Dal, Harsimrat Kaur Badal, last night attacked the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) after her party left the alliance over controversial agricultural bills, which canceled parliament last week. . In a tweet, he said the NDA was no longer the alliance “envisioned”
“If the pain and protests of 3 cr punjabis fail to dissolve the rigid position of the GoI (Government Of India), it is no longer the #NDA imagined by Vajpayee ji and Badal sahab. An alliance that turns a deaf ear to his oldest ally and to close one’s eyes to the pleas of those who feed the nation is no longer in the interest of Pb, (sic) “, reads his tweet.
Her latest remarks come nearly a week after she stepped down from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s cabinet as her party faced heat from farmers for her initial support for BJP’s agricultural bills. Ms Badal, who attended the cabinet meeting that cleared the bills, resigned shortly before the bills were approved by the Lok Sabha, tweeting that she was “proud to be with the farmers as their daughter and sister” .
If Pain & Protests of 3 cr punjabis fails to dissolve the rigid position of the GoI, it is no longer the #NDA imagined by Vajpayee ji and Badal sahab. An alliance that turns a deaf ear to its oldest ally and ignores the pleas of those who feed the nation is no longer in Pb’s interest. https://t.co/OqU6at00Jx
– Harsimrat Kaur Badal (@HarsimratBadal_) September 26, 2020
On Saturday, the SAD became the third major NDA member to withdraw from the group after the Shiv Sena and Telugu Desam Party (TDP), amid protests over controversial agricultural accounts that canceled parliament last week.
“The highest decision-making body of the Shiromani Central Committee Akali Dal at the emergency meeting tonight unanimously decided to withdraw from the BJP-led NDA alliance,” Akali Dal Sukhbir Singh Badal, husband, said in Chandigarh. by Harsimrat Badal. The controversial bills are “lethal and disastrous” for its key polling base of farmers, he stressed.
Two bills related to agriculture – the Agricultural Products Trade and Trade Bill (Promotion and Facilitation), 2020 and the Farmers’ Price Insurance Agreement and Agricultural Services Act, 2020 ( empowerment and protection) – were approved by parliament on Sunday. A third bill, the Essential Products Bill (amendment), was passed in the absence of opposition amid fierce protests.
While the opposition has labeled the invoices as “anti-farmer”, farmers fear they would no longer get the minimum support price (MSP) for their produce.
With the entry of private actors into the agricultural sector, farmers will lose bargaining power, critics said.