Shiromani Akali Dal begins its consultation on future with NDA

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Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), whose lone representative in the Union Cabinet, Harsimrat Kaur Badal, quit over three farm-based Bills pushed by the NDA government, will be holding a video consult of its leaders on Friday, in order to decide on whether to continue in the NDA.

A SAD leader and former minister in the SAD-BJP government in Punjab told The Hindu that the consultation would not be the decisive factor in continuing with the alliance and that “feedback from our people in Punjab” would need to be taken, possibly once the Parliament session was done.

Speaking to The Hindu, Rajya Sabha MP from the party Naresh Gujral said that the decision was yet to be taken but that “the party is mindful of the fact that our Army is eyeball to eyeball with China on the northern and eastern borders” and that “Pakistan has been trying to foment trouble for India in Punjab.”


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