CHANDIGARH: After snapping ties with the BJP over farm bills, the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) leaders said they could not be a party to injustice to farmers, Sikhs, Punjab and Punjabi Language, but reiterates commitment to peace and communal harmony.
In a statement issued after the marathon meeting of party’s core committee held here, they said, “The government’s decision on Farm Bills is deeply injurious to the interests not only of the farmers but also of Khet mazdoor, traders, arhtiyas and the Dalits who depend on the well being of agriculture”.
The party president Sukhbir Badal said, “The party will continue to stand by its core principles of peace and communal harmony and of guarding the interests of Punjab, Punjabi in general and Sikhs and farmers in particular”.
He said the decision has been taken after deep deliberations with the people of Punjab especially party workers and farmers, farm labour, traders, arhtiyas and other poor sections of society.
Sukhbir said that the Bills on agricultural marketing brought by the BJP government are lethal and disastrous for the already beleaguered farmers. “These are Black Laws and the party had resigned in protest against these Bills. It could not be a party to a government or alliance which stands opposed to the farmers, farm labourers, arhtiyas and other poorer and toiling sections of society”, he added.
He said even after quitting the Union Government, the SAD (B) had hoped that the center would not press on with these “murderous assaults on the poor peasantry and other poor sections who depend on agriculture and trade. But it seems the BJP is totally out of touch with ground realities.”
He said the SAD (B) was the oldest ally of the BJP but the government and the main driving principle behind the alliance was the SAD’s commitment to peace and communal harmony in Punjab and the restoration of pride and dignity of Punjabis in general and Sikhs in particular in the country. “But with successive decisions, the present government has shown its callous insensitivity to minority sentiments and been indifferent to the imperatives of peace and communal harmony in the country, especially in Punjab”, said the president.
He said that the farmers are the backbone of the national economy and it is in national interest that the government should stand by them. “But the policies of the present government are running against vital national interests”, reads the statement further.