Akali Dal marks ‘Black Day’ on completion of one year of farm laws

New Delhi: On completion of one year of enactment of three farm laws, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) marked September 17 as ‘black Friday’. This comes on the same day as PM Modi’s birthday. The party said that Gurdwara Rakab Ganj Sahib is being cordoned off and Delhi borders are being sealed.

“Looking at the number of farmers and Akali Dal cadre coming for the protest today, Rakab Ganj Sahib is being cordoned off to stop Punjabis from entering. This is a reminder of dark dictatorial times,” the party tweeted.

They also claimed that Punjab based vehicles are stopped at Delhi border. “All Delhi borders have been sealed and Punjab vehicles are being stopped. While all others pass, Punjabis are being told that our entry has been restricted. Our peaceful voices have seemingly scared the powers that be,” they said.

Speaking to ANI, SAD General Secretary Prem Singh Chandumajra had assured that the protest march would be peaceful.

“The march will be peaceful. We will give a memorandum to Government to repeal the 3 farm Laws. Even if we don’t get permission to protest, we will protest peacefully and give our memorandum,” he had said.

The protests began on November 25 last year, when thousands of farmers — mainly from Punjab and Haryana — marched towards the national capital demanding a complete repeal of the legislations, as part of a “Dilli Chalo” campaign.

The three farm laws that were passed last year include the Farmer’s Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020, and the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020.

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