Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) on Monday held protest dharnas in all constituencies across Punjab to protest against the “fixed match” being played by Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh with the Centre to the detriment of the farming community as well as the “betrayal” committed by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) by giving its assent to the Essential Commodities Amendment Act in the Standing Committee on Food and Consumer Affairs.
Former Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal led the dharna at Bathinda and former minister Bikram Singh Majithia led a massive dharna at Majitha. Likewise, other senior SAD leaders led dharnas across the State to expose both the Congress and AAP.
The protests highlighted how the Chief Minister Capt Amarinder was “playing a fixed match with the Central Government and only making a show of being in support of the farmers”.During dharnas, the Akali leader highlighted how the Chief Minister was part of the committee which finalized the three Agricultural Ordinances and how he had earlier even amended the APMC Act to include the very provisions of the Agri Acts against which the farmers were protesting now. They also highlighted how the chief minister had sold off the interests of the farmers by agreeing to the Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) scheme which aimed to bypass arhatiyas to the detriment of the farming community.
They also highlighted the double standards of AAP convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who had always worked against the Kisan Andolan. Akali leaders lashed out at Kejriwal highlighting how he was the first to notify the three Agricultural laws and how his Government had refused to support Sikh youth who were put in jail under false charges in Delhi in January.
They also highlighted the manner in which Sangrur MP and AAP’s Punjab unit president Bhagwant Mann had backstabbed the farming community by striking a deal with corporate houses to give his assent to the Essential Commodities Amendment Act in the Standing Committee on Food and Consumer Affairs.