A week after it walked out of the Narendra Modi government, the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) on Saturday decided to quit the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) over the three farm bills that it says are not in the interest of farmers. The Akali Dal was the oldest ally of the BJP and the two parties have shared power in Punjab and at the Centre for several terms.
The Akali Dal’s decision to leave the NDA was taken at the party’s high-level meeting presided over by party president Sukhbir Singh Badal on Saturday.
Terming the Modi government’s decision to go ahead with the farm bills as a "murderous assault on the poor peasantry", Sukhbir Singh Badal said, "The Shiromani Akali Dal has decided to pull out of BJP-led NDA alliance because of the Centre’s stubborn refusal to give statutory legislative guarantees to protect assured marketing of farmers crops on MSP."
He also accused the Narendra Modi government of having "continued insensitivity to Punjabi and Sikh issues".
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