CHANDIGARH, Punjab—The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD-Badal) has described today’s Order of the Supreme Court on the farmers’ issue as “resounding moral defeat of the BJP Government at the center”.
The party however expressed “grave concern and anxiety” over reports that the government was “deliberately trying to infiltrate the peaceful and democratic struggle of the farmers by pushing in some mercenaries into their ranks to act as agents provocateurs in order to incite violence and defame the most honourable and civilized struggle.”
“The Shiromani Akali Dal considers peace and communal harmony in Punjab and the rest of the country as the most sacred ideals for which the party has always made supreme sacrifices. We will continue to preserve this heritage handed down to us by the great Guru Sahiban. We will continue to fight to defeat any attempts by anyone to set fire to peace here,” said a Resolution passed at a specially convened meeting of the Core Committee of the party this evening.
The Core Committee further said that the SAD will continue to support and participate in any “peaceful, civilized and democratic line of protest which the farmers organization decide to pursue to get the anti-farmer Acts revoked. “There is no change in the unswerving support to all peaceful and democratic means of protest to force the government to revoke the Acts against which the party had quit the government and taken all other steps to strengthen the farmers’ cause.,” said Mr. Bains.
The party decided to caution the people of Punjab against “conspiracies by the ruling party at the center as well as in the state to sabotage the hard-earned atmosphere of peace and communal harmony in Punjab and the rest of the country.”
The Core Committee Resolution said that “the farmers alone have the right to decide on the future course of peaceful and civilized protest, but the SAD, as the oldest and the largest political party of the farmers will continue to work actively to swell the ranks of the agitating farmers in Delhi, Punjab and Harayna.”
“The Shiromani Akali Dal described as “most unfortunate and unacceptable” the composition of the committee by the SC, saying that the composition and character of the Committee had fully exposed the anti-farmer nexus between the Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh and the anti-farmer government at the center. The profile and background of the members with which the Committee has been packed clearly showed that it has been done at the instance of Captain Singh. How else would you find on the committee names such as that of the known supporter of the anti-farmer Acts, Bhupinder Singh Mann, a former Congress MP whose son was nominated to the PPSC by Amarinder. The cat nursed by the Captain-BJP collusion against the farmers is decisively out of the bag,” said the Core Committee resolution.