Opposition parties led by the Congress have requested President Ram Nath Kovind not to give his assent to the controversial farm bills that were passed by recently the Parliament despite its opposition.
Since the controversial bills have been already passed by the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, they will be sent to the President for his assent. Only after the President gives his assent, the bills will convert into laws.
The two controversial farm bills that have raked a countrywide debate includes The Farmer’s Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020, and The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020.
This apart, the Centre has also ensured the passage of the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, 2020, which is also waiting for presidential assent.
LoP meets President Kovind
Leader of Opposition, Ghulam Nabi Azad met President Kovind today and is reported to have conveyed to him the opposition’s stance on the farm bills.
“The Constitution was undermined. We have given a representation to the President that the farm bills have been passed unconstitutionally and urged him to return these bills,” Azad said.
Eight Opposition MLAs suspended for opposing farm bills
There was ruckus during the passage of two of the three farm bills in Rajya Sabha on Sunday following which eight Opposition MPs were suspended.
Opposition parties have been protesting the suspension and the passage of the farm bills. Around 16 Opposition parties had submitted a memorandum to the President on these issues.
PM Modi criticises Opposition for “misleading farmers”
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched a scathing attack on the Opposition for its criticism of the two farm bills that were passed by the Parliament in the monsoon session. PM Modi has hailed the farm bills as “historic” and took a dig at Opposition leaders for “misleading the farmers”.
He said the new bills will enable the farmers to sell their produce at a place and price of their choice.
PM Modi said this during the virtual foundation stone laying ceremony for nine highway projects in Bihar.
Taking a jibe at Congress, PM Modi said: “After these historical changes in the agricultural sector, some people are losing control. Now, these people are trying to mislead farmers on MSP. They are the same people who sat for years on the recommendations of the Swaminathan committee on MSP.”
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