On Friday, the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) took out a march to Parliament in Delhi. However, they didn’t have any permission for the march. This march was against the three agricultural laws. Further, SAD also wants a legal guarantee for the procurement of crops at MSP (minimum support price). During this, many party leaders and workers also demonstrated.
Badal and Harsimrat Detained
The Delhi Police arrested SAD chief Sukhbir Badal and other senior leaders. They also took into custody, MP Harsimrat Kaur, after the Shiromani Akali Dal used force to march towards Parliament. However, later they were all released. During the protest, Sukhbir Badal said that his party was fighting for the repeal of the three agricultural laws.
Further, he also assured that if the SAD-BSP coalition government comes to power, they wouldn’t implement it in Punjab. Meanwhile, senior party leaders Prem Singh Chandumajra, Balwinder Singh Bhundar, and Harsimrat Kaur Badal condemned the police action on them. They said that the police blocked them and the party workers from reaching the national capital.
Accoording to the party, many party workers even had to walk for 20 kms. Further, Sukhbir Badal also said that they were the only opposition party which opposed all the three agriculture bills in Parliament.
Many Political parties boycotted the proceedings of the Parliament. However, the farmer leaders had appealed them for a smooth functioning of the proceedings. However, both Congress and the AAP walked out from Parliament, instead of opposing the three bills.
Shiromani Akali Dal on Farm Laws
The Shiromani Akali Dal, which walked out of the ruling coalition at the Centre last year over the farm laws, is observing September 17 as Black Day. The protest march was taken out from Gurudwara Rakab Ganj to the Parliament House. The protest march led to massive traffic snarls in several parts of the national capital, including Lutyens’ Delhi and ITO.
Meanwhile farmers, mainly from Punjab, Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh, has been protesting at Delhi border points against the Centre’s three farm laws for over nine months now.