There is increasing pressure on the central government from the opposition as well as from the allied parties related to farmers protest against the agriculture laws. In BJP’s ally Dushyant Chautala’s Jananayak Janata Party (JJP), there has been a growing demand for separation from the government in Haryana over the agricultural laws. Recently Dushyant Chautala held a meeting with MLAs on this issue. There has been speculation that the Deputy Chief Minister Dushyant Chautala will withdraw support soon the Farmers movement was supported by JJP MLAs, BJP’s ally in the Haryana government. Dushyant Chautala said that he will resign if the MSP system is threatened. On the other hand, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said that the BJP-JJP alliance is strong in the state and despite some JJP MLAs openly supporting the farmers’ protests, there is no problem from anywhere.
According to a report by ‘The Indian Express’, a meeting of JJP MLAs was held recently under the leadership of Deputy Chief Minister Dushyant Chautala. In this meeting, the demand for withdrawal of support from the BJP-led Khattar government in Haryana has intensified. According to the report, on December 8, a meeting of party legislators was held in which there was a discussion about the peasant movement. In this meeting, the feedback was taken from the party MLAs about the impact of the peasant movement in their area, the attitude of the people etc. to the states.
On this issue, the party’s MLA Devender Babli told the Indian Express, “We are giving priority to the matter of the farmer. The farmers, the voters of our Haryana state have sent us here. Today we are working as an ally, and if tomorrow anyone is exploited, we will not turn a blind eye.”
Devender Babli said, ‘This meeting was called to discuss the present circumstances in the wake of the farmers’ movement. Our party is mainly a party of farmers and labourers. This is the main vote bank of the JJP. There is pressure on me and Dushyant Chautala Ji from every MLA of our party on this issue(withdrawal of support from Haryana government). In this meeting, it was discussed that this deadlock should be resolved at the earliest.”
Babli further said that Dushyant Chautala is in touch with the leaders of the central government on this issue and BJP is being pressured to resolve this deadlock quickly.
Meanwhile, Haryana Deputy Chief Minister Dushyant Chautala expressed hope that the farmers will now end their agitation as the government has given written assurances on MSP and other demands. The JJP leader said that he hoped that the farmers protesting against the new agricultural laws would understand that “it is a victory of their struggle” when the Center has given an assurance in writing. He hoped that the farmers would reach a reconciliation with the centre. “When there is an assurance in writing, I don’t think the issue needs to be taken forward,” he told reporters.
Facing pressure from the opposition and some farmers in Haryana to pull out of the BJP-led government in the state, Chautala said he would resign if the MSP system was threatened.
On the other hand, Chief Minister Khattar said that BJP-JJP alliance is strong. He said that there is no problem from anywhere and the work they have done in the last one year will accelerate the development work in the next four years. It is to be noted before this, the Shiromani Akali Dal separated from the NDA government at the centre in September in protest against the agricultural laws. In the 2019 assembly elections in Haryana, the BJP had failed to secure a majority by a few seats, when the Dushyant-led JJP supported the BJP and the Khattar government returned to the state. The JJP currently has 10 MLAs in the 90-seat Haryana Assembly.