Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has known as the Shiromani Akali Dal’s transfer to stop the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) as nothing greater than a “desperate case of political compulsion” for the Badals. The Chief Minister mentioned the Badals had been “effectively left with no other option after the BJP’s public criticism of the SAD over the farm bills”.
The highest decision-making physique of the Akali Dal at a gathering tonight determined unanimously to tug out of the BJP-led NDA due to the centre’s “stubborn refusal to give statutory legislative guarantees to protect assured marketing of farmers’ crops on minimum support price”.
The assembly was presided over by Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal and the choice to stop the NDA got here on the finish of the assembly that went on for over three hours.
Amarinder Singh mentioned there was “no moral high ground involved in this decision” of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD).
“The Akalis had no choice before them, since the BJP had already made it clear that it held SAD responsible for failing to convince farmers about the goodness of the agriculture bills. The SAD’s decision to quit NDA was just the culmination of their saga of lies and deception, which eventually led to their being cornered on the issue of the bills,” mentioned the Chief Minister.
“Sukhbir Singh Badal was caught between the devil and the deep sea after his initial unprincipled stand on the farm ordinances, followed by the sudden U-turn in the face of farmer protests,” Amarinder Singh mentioned.
“The Akalis will now find themselves in a bigger political mess now, having been left with no place either in Punjab or at the centre,” Amarinder Singh mentioned.
The Akali Dal turns into the third main NDA ally to tug out of the grouping after the Shiv Sena and the Telugu Desam Party in recent times.
Sukhbir Singh Badal mentioned the Akali Dal was the oldest ally of the BJP, however the centre didn’t hearken to it in honouring the feelings of farmers.