Akali Dal snapped its 24-years old alliance with the BJP over the three farm laws passed by the Parliament.
Six days after the Akali Dal snapped ties with the BJP over farm laws, the saffron party’s newly appointed national general secretary Tarun Chugh on Friday said the party will contest all 117 seats in 2022 assembly elections in Punjab.
The state will have a BJP chief minister, said Chugh who was felicitated by the party rank and file in Amritsar after being appointed as national general secretary.
“We need to start groundwork with new energy as countdown has begun now,” he added.
Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) snapped its 24-year long alliance with the BJP last Saturday citing “injustice to farmers, Sikhs, Punjab and Punjabi language”. It also accused the BJP government at the Centre of pushing through the three laws on agriculture reforms without consultation with the party. The BJP has denied the charge and asked party leaders and workers to apprise the farmers of the intended “benefits” of the three laws while exposing the Opposition’s alleged attempts to mislead the farmers on the issue.
BJP MP and Punjabi singer Hans Raj Hans on Friday offered that farmers’ issues related to new laws should be discussed with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party national president JP Nadda. Hans, who hails from Jalandhar, said over phone that they have assured farmer unions, etc to arrange their meeting with Nadda and Modi.