Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Union Minister and member of Shiromani Akali Dal has resigned from her post in the protest against three bills that are about to be passed in the Parliament. The monsoon session of Indian Parliament is in progress, started on 14 September and will continue for 18 days.
BJP and Akali Dal are allies for decades
The three bills related to farmers ere introduced by BJP (Bhartiya Janta Party), a long-tie ally of Shiromani Akali Dal. Shiromani Akali Dal took a strong stand against it’s ally and under the protest Harsimrat Kaur Badal resigned from the position of Union Cabinet minister. The three bills which were introduced were : The Farmers Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Ordinance, 2020; The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement; and The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Ordinance, 2020.
Famers are biggest vote bank for Akali Dal
The Akali Dal President told that his party was not taken into consideration during the talks of introducing these bills in Parliament. His wife, Harsimrat Kaur Badal also stand out taking the reservation of famers on these ordinances. Famers in Haryana and Punjab are unhappy about the ordinances and that’s why Shiromani Akali Dal has decided to vote against the passing of these bills.
The farmers and peasantry class has always been a backbone of Akali -Dal and has emerged as their bote bank during elections in Punjab. Sukhbir Badal also said “Every Akali is a farmer and every farmer is an Akali.”
Many farmers unions and cooperation across the states of Haryana and Punjab are now standing united against these bills.
Alliance of BJP-SAD won only 15% of total seats in 2017
The Shiromani Akali Dal, 100 year old party has it’s permanent vote bank in farmers. They can not risk alienating the farmers by resisting their interests. The party’s performance in 2017 Assembly elections were their poorest ever winning just 15 seats of 117. The alliance of BJP and Shiromani Akali Dal secured just 15% of the seats in 2017.