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Fresh tussle between Rajasthan government & Governor over farm bills likely in New Year

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The New Year will witness fresh confrontations between the Rajasthan Governor Kalraj Mishra and Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot.

The Rajasthan Cabinet which met on Wednesday decided to launch a state-wide agitation against the Centre on the issue of the Centre’s farm bills. Gehlot and the members of the Cabinet have expressed their displeasure on the issue of the governor withholding the farmers and farm produce bills passed by the Assembly in November.

Gehlot had crossed sword with the governor in July this year on the issue of convening the session of the Vidhan Sabha where the ruling party wanted to prove its majority on the floor of the House. The Congress and Opposition legislators staged dharna at Raj Bhawan to press their demand and after a long agitation, the governor convened the Assembly.

Rajasthan Governor sitting on bills

The governor is sitting on the bills and is yet to send it to the President for his assent.

The Chief Minister has reiterated his demand that the governor should send the bills to the President for his assent.

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Both AICC general secretary Ajay Maken and Rajasthan Pradesh Congress president have also demanded that the governor should send the bills for the President’s assent without any further delay. The Congress legislators, who will stage a state-wide dharna on January 3, would also raise the issue on various public platforms.

Bills passed by Rajasthan Assembly

The Farmers Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) (Rajasthan Amendment) Bill, 2020; The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services (Rajasthan Amendment) Bill, 2020; and The Essential Commodities (Special Provisions and Rajasthan Amendment) Bill, 2020, was passed by the Assembly after an eight-hour debate.

The bill provided MSP for contract farming for seven crops and like Punjab, it provides for three to seven years of imprisonment for harassing farmers.

The governors of both Punjab and Chhattisgarh too have withheld the bills passed by the two states. These two states, like Rajasthan, have passed their own bills relating to farmers and farm produce.

 

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