New Delhi: Calling upon all opposition parties to unite and fight against the controversial farm bills passed in the Parliament last week, BJP’s former ally Shiromani Akali Dal on Sunday said that the new legislation can have “disastrous implications” on the country’s economy. Also Read - Farm laws: Punjab CM asks state MLAs to accompany him for meeting with President
On Saturday, the Akalis, one of BJP’s oldest allies, snapped ties with the NDA days after Harsimrat Kaur Badal’s exit from the Union Cabinet over the Centre’s farm reform bills. Also Read - Hoshiarpur Rape: Gandhis Can't See Atrocities Against Women in States Where Congress is in Power, Says BJP
“The farmers’ economic plight affects the entire economy. Anything like the new farm bills, which increases the uncertainty about the fate of farmers’ produce can have disastrous implications for the economy and social stability of the country. Therefore, what we are fighting for is to protect the country’s wider national interests,” said SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal, as quoted by NDTV, at a protest gathering in Punjab. Also Read - Punjab CM Amarinder Singh's Son Summoned By Enforcement Directorate
“We are ready to join or follow any struggle in the overall interests of the farmers, farm labour, aarhatiyas (farm agents) and other farm produce traders,” he added.
Singh has also called for a ‘Kisan March’ that will begin on October 1 from the three Takhts, and head towrds Mohali. “We will give a memorandum to the Governor and the President that these Ordinances should not be given assent and Govt should take these back,” he said.
Subsequently, the Shiv Sena in Maharashtra and Trinamool Congress in West Bengal also joined the cause for a united protest against the central government’s decision.
Rajya Sabha MP Derek O’ Brien put out a tweet in support and offered the party’s support in fighting for farmers.
“We support Sukhbir Singh Badal and Akali Dal’s stand with the farmers. Fighting for farmers is part of Trinamool DNA. In 2006, Mamata Banerjee risked her life on a historic 26 day fast for farmers’ rights. We oppose #FarmBills2020 as they endanger States’ role, MSP, PDS and procurement,” read the tweet.
Notably, the SAD has severed its close to a two-and-a-half-decade-old alliance with the BJP in protest against these bills, becoming the third-largest major party to walk out of the BJP-led coalition in the last couple of years.