Shiromani Akali Dal is one of the oldest allies that BJP has/had. There is a lot of hullabaloo on the passing of the farm bill in the Lok Sabha. Harsimrat Kaur Badal, the former Minister of Food Processing Industries also resigned to stand with the farmers “as their daughter and sister.”
It clearly shows that Shiromani Akali Dal has taken sides. Also, it seems like they plan to stand by it.
Sukhbir Singh Badal on the Farm Bill 2020
SAD leader Sukhbir Singh Badal spoke to Sunetra Choudhary about the new bills. He sat down to give his opinions that their entire party is pretty resistant to the new decision. He also stressed that any bill does not become a law unless it’s signed by the President of India. As per him, his party will do everything in their power to stop that from happening. His words stated that Shiromani Akali Dal is representing the farmers to appeal to the president to reconsider signing the bill.
In the same interview, he said, “I feel that the government should talk to the farmers. There is no point in putting ministers on TV giving clarifications.”
He hopes that all the ministers as well will talk to the farmers and get to know what they want. As far as the middlemen’s evacuation through the new bill is concerned, he said that they will stay no matter what. Standing in farmers; favor, he said that they are poor people who cannot fight big corporate houses and the mandis gave them security.
Shiromani Akali Dal on the Farm Bill and their role
When asked whether they knew about the bill beforehand, he said that the government never consulted them. As Hasrmirat Kaur Badal said, “My party and farmers’ interest come first, then the NDA alliance”, her husband backed her. He said that Harsimrat asked every department and appealed before every authority to not pass the bill. However, they passed it nonetheless. Badal also expressed that the government is hell-bent on making it an Act without considering the adverse repercussions it will have on the agricultural sector of the country.
Talking about the new mandi system, he also brought to notice that giving private people the right to open a mandi without any tax gives corporate houses tax-free incentives to buy. Putting his final word, he spoke that outside of the parliament, the government shunned the farmers’ rights and inside the Parliament, they have bulldozed the rights of the Ministers. Now, their hope lies with the President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, that he does not sign it.