New Delhi, Jan 31 (PTI) The BJP’s oldest ally SAD Thursday said it skipped the meeting of the NDA as the regional party was “extremely upset” over RSS’ interference in the management of gurdwaras and also demanded a package for farmers in the country. Also Read - Ind vs Aus 4th Test Day 2 Live Updates and Live Cricket Score Gabba, Brisbane Today's Match: India Eye Early Wickets

Shiromani Akali Dal’s Rajya Sabha MP and spokesperson Naresh Gujral said the party wanted to attend the meeting of NDA leaders, held on Thursday, to chalked out a strategy for the Budget Session, but “skipped” it over the issue of interference of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh in management of gurdwaras. Also Read - Vinayak Chaturthi 2021: Know The date, Time For Ganesh Chaturthi Puja

“We are extremely upset and hurt by what is happening in Hazur Sahib in Nanded. The RSS should not interfere in the religious issues related to the Sikhs. We have also been demanding a package for the farmers,” Gujral said. Also Read - Forget Telegram, Signal: ISIS Terrorists in India, Abroad Using Much More Secure Messenger 'Threema'

When asked about the SAD not attending the meeting of floor leaders of the National Democratic Alliance, Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said the BJP’s ally in advance had informed that it will not attend the meeting due to some prior engagement.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.