Following an aggressive protest against the contentious farm legislations, around 100 Gujarat Congress workers were detained by the police in Gandhinagar on Monday. Among those detained include Gujarat Congress president Amit Chavda and Leader of Opposition (LoP) Paresh Dhanani.
The detainees, which also includes several Congress MLAs, had gathered at the Ambedkar statue ear the Gujarat Assembly complex. They raised slogans against the Narendra Modi-led Union government as well as the Vijay Rupani-led BJP government in the state.
Farm bills will destroy APMCs
The Congress leaders claimed that the farm bills for which President Ram Nath Kovind gave his assent on Sunday evening are against the interests of the farming community. They also claimed that the farm bills once implemented will ruin agricultural produce marketing committees (APMCs).
Gujarat Congress chief Amit Chavda said that not just Congress workers, but farmers are also demonstrating against the farm bills across the country. Amit Chavda said the Union government will now end the minimum support price offered to farmers and the new bills will empower corporates to decide the prices of agricultural produce.
Similarly, LoP Paresh Dhanani alleged that the Union government wants to handover the agriculture sector to some selected companies. He said small and marginal farmers will not be able to sell their produce in the absence of APMCs. Paresh Dhanani also said the new bills will empower corporates and the farmers will become farm labourers.
No permission for rally
Gandhinagar superintendent of police (SP) Mayur Chavda said that the Congress workers had not taken any permission for the rally and therefore, they have been detained. He added that a decision about their release will be taken afterward.
Notably, the agitating Gujarat Congress workers were detained as soon as they started walking towards Raj Bhawan.
Centre hails the farm bills as “historic”
While there are widespread protests against the legislations throughout the country, the Union government hails it as “historic” that will help in doubling the income of farmers. However, the farmer groups think otherwise and consider the legislations as a step towards abolishing minimum support price (MSP) and government procurement.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, however, has tried to assure the farmers that the MSP and government procurement mechanism will continue. However, the farmer will be free to choose who it wants to sell its produce to and at what price.
PM Modi has also criticised the opposition for misleading the farmers on the legislations.
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