NEW DELHI – The Shiromani Akali Dal Saturday ended its alliance with the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance over disagreement with the controversial Farm Bills. Party chief Sukhbir Singh Badal announced the end of the long-term alliance following a meeting of the core committee.
The announcement comes a week after Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal resigned from the cabinet in protest against three ordinances — The Farmers Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Ordinance, 2020; The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement; and The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Ordinance, 2020.
“The SAD cannot be a party to anything anti-farmer,” she had then said.
Akali Dal president Sukhbir Badal has said the party was never consulted on the ordinances, and that Harsimrat , his wife, had told the government about farmers’ reservations. Farmers in Haryana and Punjab have been agitating against the ordinances/Bills. The party voted against the Bills.
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