Punjab

Sukhbir Singh Badal denies possibilities of allying with BJP after repeal of farm laws

By Rajan Nath -- November 19, 2021 5:18 pm -- Updated:November 19, 2021 5:25 pm

After Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday announced that the government has decided to repeal all three farm laws, the Shiromani Akali Dal President Sukhbir Singh Badal denied the possibility of allying with BJP ahead of Punjab Assembly elections 2022.

"Wholeheartedly welcome the decision on the repeal of 3 farming Black Laws. Shiromani Akali Dal is particularly grateful that Guru Nanak Dev Ji's Parkash Purab was chosen to announce it. I hope this decision unites the nation, which has seen much temper due to the protests," Sukhbir Singh Badal tweeted.

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"I only wish the Prime Minister would have taken the decision when SAD had raised the issue at the time of enactment of these farm laws. A lot would have been different then. Now I urge Prime Minister to take it forward by withdrawing the cases against farmers," he added.

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Meanwhile, five-time Chief Minister Sardar Parkash Singh Badal described Prime Minister Narendra Modi's announcement on withdrawal of three Black laws on farming as "a defining moment in history," and said that it marks a historic day for farmers on the sacred day of Gurpurab."

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On the other hand, Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait on Friday said the Centre's announcement on repealing the three farm laws seems to be an election gimmick.

Notably, the announcement comes ahead of the crucial Assembly elections 2022 which are scheduled to be held in Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa, and Manipur.

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