The Shiromani Akali Dal, an ally of BJP in Punjab, opposes Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill 2020. SAD says that as a party of the farmers, they cannot support anything which goes against the interest of farmers in the country, especially in Punjab.
SAD opposes Central Government decision on ordinances
Facing the fire from the Punjab farmers, the SAD party said that it was not consulted by the party over the farm-related ordinances which were cleared recently by the union cabinet and laid as new bills in Lok Sabha on Monday.
On Tuesday, Akali Dal chief Sukhbir Singh Badal said, “The central government should have consulted parties like SAD, which is a party of farmers and poor, before bringing the farm-related ordinances. We were not consulted about these ordinances. Also, when ordinances were brought in the cabinet, our representative raised queries upon it. The ordinance affecting the farmers most. Punjab farmers didn’t get their answers.”
However, the party has supported the Centre’s decision earlier, the change in the decision made after a meeting of the SAD core committee last Saturday. The party has also made an appeal to the Centre not to present the ordinances for the approval in the parliament before addressing the farmer’s concerns upon the ordinances.
Farmers of Punjab and Haryana have been protesting against the three ordinances brought on June 5, which are – The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Ordinance, 2020; The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance, and Farm Services Ordinance, 2020; and The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Ordinance, 2020.
On Tuesday, Lok Sabha passed the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill 2020, which seeks to remove controls and regulations from food items like cereals, pulses, and onions.
However, Alkali Dal opposed the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill 2020, saying that it is against our Annadata and we cannot support anything which are against our farmers.
SAD senior attacks Ruling party
The Akali Dal and ruling party Congress are in competition with each other to win over the farmers by opposing the ordinances.
Senior Akali Dal leader Bikram Singh Majithia said that the Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh is exposed in front of everyone as a Union Minister points out that he was a part of the consultation process, after which it led to the framing of central ordinances on farmers and agriculture.