Unhappy with the Narendra Modi government’s stand on the new farm laws and its handling of the ongoing farmers’ protest, BJP ally Rashtriya Loktantrik Party (RLP) today announced it is leaving the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) over issues concerning the new farm laws.
Declaring the move, RLP chief Hanuman Beniwal said, “I have left the NDA in protest against the three farm laws. These laws are anti-farmer. I have left NDA but won’t forge alliance with the Congress.” The Rashtriya Loktantrik Party is the second BJP ally after the Akali Dal to leave the NDA over the new farm laws. Speaking about his decision to leave the NDA, Hanuman Beniwal alleged that his Covid-19 test report was “fudged” to keep him out of Parliament during the Monsoon Session when the farm laws were enacted. “The farm laws were brought in my absence. If I was present in the Lok Sabha when the farm laws were brought, I would have torn them apart and thrown them away,” Beniwal said. Beniwal, the Lok Sabha MP from Rajasthan’s Nagaur, had given a call for two lakh farmers to move towards Delhi in support of the farmers’ agitation that has been on for the past one month. Earlier in the day, Beniwal led farmers’ movement from Jaipur, Nagaur, Barmer, Jodhpur and other parts of Rajasthan into Kotputli on the way to Shahjahanpur after earlier announcing that he will lead the agitation into Delhi in opposition to the three farm laws brought by the Centre. “Decision on staying in or leaving the NDA will be taken after the meeting today in Shahjahanpur,” Beniwal was quoted as saying by news agency PTI. Speaking to India Today TV, he said, “Despite the farmers’ protests, the Narendra Modi government is not withdrawing farm laws because it has 303 MPs. Farmers from 1,200 kilometres away in Rajasthan are moving towards Delhi to be a part of the agitation.”