Why the Shiromani Akali Dal is not benefiting from the resignation of Harsimrat

A female leader Harsimrat Kaur Badal's resignation has given a small blow to the NDA government, she is the second minister to resign from Modi's Cabinet 2.0. Before this NDA partner Shiv Sena quota turned minister Arvind Sawant resigned before the alliance broke with the BJP. Harsimrat Kaur has resigned in protest of the agricultural bills and President Ram Nath Kovind has also approved it. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi (Narendra Modi) himself has come forward and defended the bills.

According to the NDA, Harsimrat Kaur's resignation has come at a time when the BJP is going to contest the Bihar elections. In Bihar, BJP has declared Nitish Kumar the leader of NDA, but Chirag Paswan, leader of LJP, a partner of NDA itself, is an extreme attacker against the current coalition government of Bihar. Obviously, the resignation of Harsimrat Kaur may have some effect on the Bihar election.

Harsimrat Kaur has resigned in protest against the three agriculture bills of the Modi government, but she herself is not able to overcome the questions - the problem is that not only the BJP but also the Congress (Rahul Gandhi), termed the resignation of Harsimrat Kaur as a gimmick. She is not getting support from the opposition. SO the big question is who is going to benefit from the resignation of Harsimrat Kaur?

Why the Shiromani Akali Dal is not benefiting from the resignation of Harsimrat

During the lockdown due to coronavirus and unlock period, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government had brought three ordinances for farmers - Agricultural Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Ordinance 2020, Farmers (Endowment and Security) Agreement on Price Assurance, and Agriculture Service Ordinance 2020 - Now these bills are going to replace these ordinances.

These three bills are - Agricultural Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill 2020, Farmers (Endowment and Security) Agreement on Price Assurance, Agricultural Services Bill 2020.

Shiromani Akali Dal MP Sukhbir Singh Badal says that due to these bills, 20 lakh farmers of Punjab are going to be affected. It is going to have a direct effect on 30 thousand jobholders, three lakh mandi laborers, and 20 lakh agricultural laborers.

Captain Amarinder Singh's government in Punjab has also expressed opposition to the Bills. Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chaudhary has termed it against the federal system because the states have the right to make laws on this issue. Trinamool Congress leader Saugata Roy has also opposed the bills - and the entire opposition believes that the mandi market of farmers in the states will end due to these bills. Aam Aadmi Party and BSP leader Mayawati have also protested, calling these bills against farmers. 

The difficulty of the Akali Dal is that on the issue about which the entire opposition is against the Modi government, Sukhbir Singh Badal is seen to be isolated among the opposition parties. The opposition has termed the resignation as a political gimmick.

Actually, Congress does not want to interfere in its political participation in Punjab. The Congress may be describing Harsimrat Kaur's resignation as a drama in the context of Punjab, but Congress general secretary and spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala is also targeting JJP leader Dushyant Chautala, a partner in the Haryana government. Randeep Surjewala has also advised Haryana Deputy CM Dushyant Chautala to resign.

The biggest reason for the Akali Dal not getting support from the opposition is that Sukhbir Badal defended the ordinances a month ago. Actually, the bill is being opposed to the fear that after the new law, there will be no purchase on MSP. MSP is the price of a crop that the government fixes at the time of sowing. The benefit to the farmers is that even if the prices of the crops are reduced in the market, they will get money from the government agencies according to the MSP. In defense of the ordinances, Sukhbir Singh Badal had quoted the letter of Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar saying that there is no change in the MSP. At that time, the Akali Dal leader had accused Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh of creating confusion among the farmers, but now both the husband and wife have come down on the protest as soon as the bill of the same ordinances took form.

Now Sukhbir Singh Badal is saying that his party has not been approached regarding these ordinances. Sukhbir Badal has even started claiming that Harsimrat Kaur had raised objections saying that farmers of Punjab and Haryana are unhappy with this, but that was ignored.

Giving information about his resignation on Twitter, Harsimrat Kaur Badal has written - I have resigned from Union Cabinet in protest against anti-farmer ordinances and legislation. Proud to stand with farmers as their daughter & sister. '

Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself has come out in defense of agricultural bills. Prime Minister Modi called the government's initiative new freedom for farmers - and said that the MSP and those opposing the bill are spreading rumors about ending the system of government procurement, which is a fraud on farmers.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the bill will eliminate the middlemen between the farmer and the customer and farmers will get a direct benefit from it - but some people are just protesting and adopting new ways. Prime Minister Modi has targeted Rahul Gandhi as well, with the advice to Harsimrat Kaur.

Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar has also tried to clear the picture. The Agriculture Minister says that along with Mandil, the system of government procurement will also be maintained - and farmers will also get better prices of produce.

Among those opposing the bill is the Indian Farmers Union leader Rakesh Tikait, but he also has an effective suggestion. Actually, it is not clear in the bill that the purchase outside the mandi will not be at a price below MSP, Rakesh Tikait is advising to bring another bill to eliminate this fear of farmers.

Farmer leader Rakesh Tikait says - just as these three ordinances have been brought, similarly bring another law that farmers' crops will not be procured under MSP - and if that happens then it will be considered a crime. Rakesh Tikait wants such a system that the product of the farmer can be sold anywhere, but no one can buy it below MSP.

On the advice of Rakesh Tikait in the special program Kisan Panchayat till date, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said that there should be no doubt about MSP, it has never been part of the law. Tomar said that by removing the stock limit, there will be new investments, new warehouses, grains will not be wasted and when there is a huge quantity of goods, there is no question of black marketing.

Divided opposition and neutral opposition

This is the second time after the CAA i.e. Citizenship Amendment Act when the Modi government is facing opposition like this, but this protest also seems to be ineffective. The way the opposition was divided in opposition to the CAA, once again the same view is being seen.

It has been heard that Congress leader Rahul Gandhi is planning a massive protest against the agricultural bills. It is reported that Congress is preparing to protest against the decision of the Modi government across the country. Congress has appealed to all the parties that are opposing the Agriculture Bill to fight unitedly.

The BSP is opposing the agricultural bills along with the Trinamool Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party, but the question is whether they would like to show opposition with Congress as well? The Congress has always had a figure of 36 with the Aam Aadmi Party, if Mayawati opposes anything, she prefers to stand alone.

The Trinamool Congress has also opposed the protest bill, but its attitude towards Congress is the same as Mayawati's. Just as Mayawati is angry with the Congress for trying to spread her footing in UP as well as grabbing 6 of her MLAs in Rajasthan, similarly Trinamool Congress is handing over the command of West Bengal Congress to Adhir Ranjan Chowdhary.

In such a situation, even when Harsimrat Kaur has resigned in protest, the Congress is telling him drama - on what basis do Rahul Gandhi expect that like-minded political parties will support him against the Modi government?

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Chetan Sharma is an Indian fact-checker and news writer, writing news for Ayupp since 2014.

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