SAD leaders meet President, urge to withhold assent to farm Bills

New Delhi, September 21

A delegation of Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), an NDA ally, on Monday night met President Ram Nath Kovind and urged him to withhold assent to the contentious farm Bills handed by each Houses of Parliament.

Coming out of the assembly, SAD chief Sukhbir Badal, instructed the media: “We have requested the President against signing the anti-farmer Bills passed in Parliament by force. We requested him to send back those Bills to Parliament.”

Apart from Badal who led the delegation, Akali MP Naresh Gujral and former MP Prem Singh Chandumajra had been additionally current on the assembly. The delegation additionally submitted a memorandum to Kovind.

The SAD has been a longstanding ally of the ruling BJP. SAD’s Lok Sabha MP and Sukhbir’s spouse Harsimrat Kaur Badal had resigned from the Union Cabinet on September 17, citing her get together’s opposition to the three Bills.

The two Bills Badal was referring to had been The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020, and The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020, which had been handed by the Rajya Sabha on Sunday. The Lok Sabha handed these Bills final week.  — IANS

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