SAD and Congress adopt different paths to take on Centre over farm laws

Sukhbir Badal and Harsimrat Badal are however holding rallies across Punjab including in various gurudwaras over the last three days and have appealed to their cadre to hit the road to Chandigarh on October 1.

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Farmers protest in Amritsar.
The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and the Congress are now taking different approaches in the political protests in Punjab against the new farmer laws with SAD chief Sukhbir Badal exhorting his cadre to march to Chandigarh from across Punjab on October 1 and Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh saying he wants peace in Punjab and the battle to be fought in the Supreme Court.

“We are a border state and ISI is active. When anger rages, people can take the wrong steps and we do not want our youths to pick up weapons. We don’t want trouble, I want a peaceful Punjab. We have seen enough bloodshed in which 35,000 Punjabis died. We have to fight this battle legally, democratically and constitutionally in the Supreme Court,” the CM said on Monday, even as he sat on a dharna in Shaheed Bhagat Singh’s village in Punjab against the laws.

But he said there was no point in holding a dharna outside the PM’s residence in Delhi or passing a state law now as it cannot override a law passed in Parliament.


Sukhbir Badal and Harsimrat Badal are however holding rallies across Punjab including in various gurudwaras over the last three days and have appealed to their cadre to hit the road to Chandigarh on October 1.

The SAD is going back to its core panthic agenda with Sukhbir saying he will lead a march from the Golden Temple to Chandigarh while Harsimrat will lead one from Sri Damdama Sahib in Talwandi Sabo and the other SAD leaders will lead one from Anandpur Sahib. “No Akali cadre must stay home on October 1,” Badal said on Monday.

However, the CM said Badal should come along with the Congress to “fight this menace of the Government of India” and recalled how Winston Churchill and his bête noire Anthony Eden had sunk their differences to work together during World War-II.
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“That is the way it should be. This is the time for battle,” the CM said. He said the Punjab Congress would seek Rahul Gandhi’s support in leading a nationwide struggle against these legislations and hoped farmers from other states will also come together against the laws.

“Haryana’s farmers are also upset but they cannot do much as their CM is from the BJP. But slowly, farmers from across states will protest against these nonsense laws as they have been brought only to benefit corporates. No intelligent person could have brought such laws. Will an Adani run your Public Distribution System (PDS) system now? Is there any logic?” the CM said.
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