“We have sought feedback from our cadre over the next 4-5 days and will call a meeting of the party’s core committee soon after to take a call on the SAD-BJP alliance. We are a cadre-based farmer party,” Gujral said. He said the bills should have been sent to a select committee, a process that would have taken only two more months.
“But the government was in a tearing hurry. Today, the way the bill was passed, a very wrong message has been sent everywhere. I warned the government in Parliament not to fan the fire and underestimate the anger of farmers. We are unable to understand why the government was being so obstinate to ‘benefit’ farmers… who say they will not be benefited. There is a trust deficit," Gujral said.
Senior SAD leader Sukhbir Singh Badal appealed to President Ram Nath Kovind not to sign the bills for the sake of the farmer community and send them back to Parliament for reconsideration. Sources in the party said a break-up with BJP was now inevitable. There can be no going back to BJP ahead of Punjab elections in 2022 as SAD cannot be seen on the wrong side of farmers at a time when they are feeling aggrieved, a source said.
Gujral reminded that Shiv Sena and Akali Dal were the two steadfast allies, who never left BJP’s side unlike Nitish Kumar and Ram Vilas Paswan who left and came back. “Shiv Sena has already left them. The distance between SAD and BJP has also emerged,” Gujral said.
Various farmer organisations in Punjab have called a state-wide bandh on September 25 and the Akali Dal’s assessment is that the farmer protests can spread far and wide to states such as Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. “Farmers have been sitting on protest outside our patriarch Parkash Singh Badal’s house in the Badal village for days now against this law, which is unprecedented. We cannot afford this or Congress will walk away with the next election,” a SAD MLA told ET on condition of anonymity.
Another senior SAD leader pointed out how BJP refused to accommodate SAD in an alliance during the last assembly elections in Delhi and Haryana. With Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh daring SAD to pull out of the NDA to show its real intent, Akalis are keen to shed their baggage of backing the ordinances till almost the last moment.
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2 Comments on this Story
Mohan Tvm157 days ago
global supply chain is a must for the 21st century market. The communist China already has it. When everything is going well then the only way to make a change is disruption. The communist philosophy is destruction. The Mandis are a goose that lays golden eggs for politicians and goons.The Congress (I) under Indira Gandhi was responsible for propping up Bhindranwale for electoral gains nepofindia.blogspot.com
A K Narendranath158 days ago
Good riddance to SAD. BJPcan contest all seats in punjab, without this liability. In 2017, it had to give this loser a lot of seats which it went on to lose.