Highlights:

  • Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) chief Sukhbir Singh Badal and Lok Sabha lawmaker Harsmirat Kaur Badal are arrested by the Delhi Police
  • Sukhbir Singh Badal blamed the Modi government and the Haryana government for stopping the SAD workers
  • The SAD is organising protest march in the national capital to observe a ‘Black day’

Multiple leaders including Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) chief Sukhbir Singh Badal and Lok Sabha lawmaker Harsmirat Kaur Badal were arrested by the Delhi Police while they were protesting against the three farm laws in the national capital. A Delhi police official noted, “Leaders of the Shiromani Akali Dal have been detained and are being taken to Sansad Marg Police Station.”

Sukhbir Singh Badal blamed the Modi and the Haryana government for stopping the SAD workers. He narrated, “They resorted to baton charge and broke our vehicles. A peaceful protest was stopped. We have come here to give a message to PM Modi that not only Punjab but the entire country is against his government.”

The SAD is organizing a protest march in the national capital to observe a ‘Black day’ and thereby mark a year of passing three farm laws as well as the police sealing the borders of Delhi. On Thursday, Prem Singh Chandumajra who is the general secretary of SAD informed that the party will conduct a protest march from Gurudwara Rakabganj to Parliament in Delhi to ask for repealing of the new farm laws.

On the other hand, Delhi Police served a notice to SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal and spokesperson Daljit Singh Cheema notifying that the protest march will not be allowed in the national capital, on the grounds of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Harsimrat Kaur Badal who resigned as a minister in the Union cabinet over the issue of farm laws, expressed, “A number of farmers have died and many are still sitting at the state borders but this government is indifferent. We will continue our fight until the three farm laws are repealed.”

Earlier she criticized the Delhi Police for not allowing the protesters to enter the city. She tweeted, “Strongly condemn Delhi Police for sealing entry points to the national capital and detaining Akali dal workers reaching Gurudwara Rakabganj Sahib. Receiving phone calls and Videos telling how police are trying to foil a protest march to Park against three farm laws. It is an undeclared emergency.”

Since November 26, 2020, the farmers are continuing their protest against the farm laws. As yet, farmer’s leaders and the Centre have chaired several rounds of discussions but the impasse continues.

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