Tribune News Service
Muktsar, December 8
Despite the fact that the SAD has left the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and Bathinda MP Harsimrat Kaur Badal also resigned from Union Cabinet, SAD patriarch-cum-former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal too returned his Padma Vibhushan award in protest against the contentious farm laws, Prime Minister Narendra Modi wished the elderly Badal over phone on his 93rd birthday on Tuesday.
Notably, all members of the Badal family are present at their Badal village residence here, who decided to keep the birthday celebrations a low-key affair this time.
The Badal family just performed ‘ardas’ at their residence.
Speaking over the phone, Jangveer, media adviser to SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal, said, “Prime Minister Narendra Modi wished Badal sahib over the phone today. Due to the ongoing farmers’ protest and Bharat Bandh today, the Badal family had already decided not to hold any kind of celebrations today. They had already told the party workers not to bring cakes, bouquets. They just performed ardas at their residence.”
Meanwhile, sources informed that the talk between the two leaders – Modi and Badal – was very short and nothing political was discussed.
Notably, the SAD is presently holding discussions with regional political parties in the country to form a national front against the BJP.
Further, Badal had on Monday written to the prime minister to scrap the three farm laws, sought his “personal intervention” to reach a solution.
The Badals had last year invited the party leaders at their residence, when Parkash Singh Badal cut his birthday cake along with his younger brother Gurdas Singh Badal.