Former Lok Sabha MP Harinder Singh Khalsa resigned from BJP on Saturday, 26 December as a mark of protest against the three farm laws.
The resignation was “in protest against the insensitivity shown by party leaders & the government towards the sufferings of the farmers, their wives, and children protesting against the three agrarian laws,” reported a tweet by ANI.
Farmers have been protesting all over India especially along the Delhi borders. The protests have lasted for more than a month now. The Modi Government continues to emphasize that the laws are beneficial to farmers and have agreed to conduct talks to make amendments, but farmers insist on the anti-farmer bills to be repealed completely.
Punjab: Former Lok Sabha MP Harinder Singh Khalsa resigns from BJP "in protest against the insensitivity shown by party leaders & the govt towards the sufferings of the farmers, their wives and children protesting against the three agrarian laws".
— ANI (@ANI) December 26, 2020
Harinder Singh Khalsa
Harinder Singh Khalsa first served a MP from Bathinda between 1996-98, as a member of the Shiromani Akali Dal.
He was then elected from the Fatehgarh Sahib Lok Sabha constituency on an AAP ticket in 2014, and was suspended in 2015 for ‘anti-party activities.’ Although he has denied being involved in any such thing.
In March 2019, he joined the BJP. The party wanted him to join the team in order to gain a representative amongst the Sikh community to woo more votes.
Back then Khalsa has reportedly said about joining the BJP, “I can’t divulge much, but I can say that I am going to support PM Narendra Modi. I will work for all three BJP candidates from Punjab as I want that Modi should come back, as he is a strong leader and is honest.”