SAD takes U-turn on ordinances in Punjab

Shiromani Akali Dal

During the widespread protests by farmers organization in Punjab and Haryana, BJP Ally Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) on Saturday, requested the Centre not to establish the laws incorporating the provisions of three farmers ordinances amid the monsoon session of Parliament on September 14.


The SAD core committee said that the Central Government must make laws only after farmers’ concerns are properly addressed.


Opposition within the SAD

Sources tell that there was opposition within the SAD on the support given to the ordinances by the leadership. On Saturday, The SAD core committee took a decision on what is being seen as a solution by the party on this issue.

Apart from the farmer’s organization, Congress and the AAP party are also against the ordinances. The Akalis are under the pressure to take the stand in favor of the farmers on this issue.

Although, The Akalis have earlier given statements in favor of the ordinances and has said that it will benefit the farmers.

protests by farmers organization in Punjab

However, The Congress government has passed a resolution against the ordinances in Vidhan Sabha putting SAD at the backfoot. Sources said that a section within the SAD group is against the ordinances from starting.

SAD makes a U-turn on ordinances

In a press release, the SAD core committee said that it’s their responsibility to get addressed the reservations of the farmers on the MSP system and highlighted that it was committed to raising all the issues in front of the Union government. The committee said that SAD leaders met the farmer’s organization, farmers’ representative, and khet mazdoor unions in the past few days.

According to SAD, a considerable view has emerged that the Central Government should not rush on the passing of the three ordinances until the anxiety of the farmers is not properly conveyed and addressed.

Sukhbir, a member of the SAD core committee told that he has been approached by many farmers of Punjab and Haryana and farmers have raised their concerns about the ordinances.  according to him, the concerns should be taken into the consideration by the Centre before making the laws.

The core committee has also passed a resolution recently saying that they will never compromise on the interests of the farmers.


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