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No alliance with BJP in Punjab: Shiromani Akali Dal chief after farm laws cancelled
Farm laws
Image credit: Sukhbir Singh Badal Facebook

No alliance with BJP in Punjab: Shiromani Akali Dal chief after farm laws cancelled

| @indiablooms | 19 Nov 2021, 10:33 pm

Chandigarh/IBNS: Even as the Centre repealed the farm laws, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP's) former ally from Punjab - the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD)-has denied possibility of any further alliance.

Last year, the Akali Dal had pulled out its lone minister - Harsimrat Kaur Badal - from the ruling NDA amid differences over the farm laws.

On Friday, party chief Sukhbir Singh Badal dismissed the possibility of a tie-up in Punjab.

He said "I had warned PM Modi about the black laws."

Reacting to the cancellation of the farm laws, which is considered as one of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's biggest policy reversals yet, the Akali Dal chief told reporters: "700 lives have been lost (at the farmers' protests)... the country saw the martyrdom of these people. I had told the Prime Minister... that the farmers won't agree to the black laws that were framed by the government."

On being asked if his party can now consider an alliance with the BJP in Punjab, he replied with an emphatic "no".

Earlier in the day, Akali Dal veteran Parkash Singh Badal had also hit out at the government soon after PM Modi's big announcement in an address to the nation.

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

In a tweet earlier in the day, former Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur also attacked the centre. 

She also made an appeal for making the minimum support price for farm produce "a legal right" for the farmers.

 

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