Akalis not in a hurry to break alliance with BJP - ECAS Punjab

Akalis not in a hurry to break alliance with BJP

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Jupinderjit Singh

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 20

The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) does not seem to be in any hurry to break the alliance with the BJP after the two parties fell out over the farm Bills. Though some members of the SAD core committee have made statements for immediate breaking of ties with the BJP, the party leadership wants to consult grassroots workers, before the core panel decides.

RSS bodies raise farmers' concerns

  • Raising concerns over the farm Bills, the Bharatiya Kisan Sangh (BKS) and Swadeshi Jagran Manch, both affiliated with the RSS, have sought a guarantee from the Centre that the legislations will not be exploitative of the farmers
  • Representations sent to the PM on the behalf of 500 village samitis have sought no exploitation of farmers, steady MSP for farm produce, bank guarantees for firms and special courts at the district-level to resolve issues

"What is the hurry to break the alliance?" said SAD spokesperson Dr Daljeet Singh Cheema when asked when the core committee would meet next. Party president Sukhbir Badal and former Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal had said the core committee would meet soon to decide on the issue. However, Cheema said a decision would be taken only after consultations.

"The National Democratic Alliance is a body of several parties, not just the BJP, even though it is the largest. Breaking away from the alliance will not mean breaking away from the BJP only," Cheema said.

Earlier, there was a likelihood that the party might announce the decision to leave the BJP tomorrow after Sukhbir and Harsimrat pay obeisance at the Golden Temple along with core committee members, but the visit has been postponed now.

A senior leader said unless there was some urgent provocation from the BJP or the ongoing farmers' protest takes the turn for the worse, the Akalis would stick to the alliance for now. The leader said party patriarch Parkash Singh Badal had been defining the alliance as a symbol of the Hindu-Sikh unity due to which the party would not take any decision in haste.

He said the Akalis could not forget several pro-Punjab and pro-Sikh decisions taken by the Narendra Modi Government during its two tenures. "All that is taken into account when you talk of breaking an alliance. However, the situation is fluid and can change any moment," he said.

Harcharan Bains, party national adviser, said though one thing was clear that no alliance could exist by compromising on principles, they would wait and see when the decision would be taken. "We will go to our workers and people, before the core committee meets to decide."



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