The Shiromani Akali Dal Saturday ended its alliance with the BJP over disagreement with the contentious 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 over 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.
The two Bills – which seek to replace Ordinances passed in June – were passed in Parliament by voice vote and await the assent of the President. The party had voted against the Bills.
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.