Rahul Gandhi, the former President of the Indian National Congress (INC) is likely to extend support and join farmers protests in Punjab.
Mr. Gandhi would visit Punjab this week and support the farmers who are agitating against the three farmers bills.
The three farm bills approved by the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha are, the Farmer’s Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, 2020.
Meanwhile the INC sources, Rahul Gandhi would also address a rally regarding the same.
However, the date and venue of the proposed rally is yet to finalise. The rally which would be addressed by Rahul Gandhi is said to be a part of the ongoing two month long nationwide agitation against the Central Government over three farm bills.
An INC leader, who wished to be anonymous said, “After Punjab, he may join the protesting farmers in Haryana. But we are not sure if the BJP government in Haryana will allow him to enter the state.”
After the bills were passed by the Lower House and the Upper House, on the 27th of September, the President of India Ram Nath Kovind also gave his assent to the three contentious bills.
In regard to this, the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) also quit the National Democratic Alliance (NDA.)
On the 27th of September, the SAD, ruling Party in Punjab left NDA over the three farm bills.
The SAD quit NDA to maintain their political identity and core voters. Punjab farmers are main vote bank, hence the SAD decided to support farmers and part ways from Bharatiya Janata Party under NDA alliance.
The SAD is the third major allies of BJP which left the NDA in the past 3 years. In 2018, the Telugu Desam Party (TDP,) in 2019, the Shiv Sena and now in 2020, the SAD quit BJP due to conflict of interest.
Meanwhile, farmers of Punjab are scheduled to go on an indefinite strike from the 1st of October.
Stay tuned for further updates.