The peasant movement will be discussed in the Rajya Sabha
Eastern Times , New Delhi: Leader of the Indian Kisan Union, Rakesh Tikait, has called for more farmers of about 50,000 to reach Jind at Delhi-Haryana border for a Mahapanhayat and also appealed the common men to support the peasant movement.
Meanwhile, the stage of a huge rally prepared for the Mahapanhayat collapsed. However, the farmer’s leaders were rescued unharmed and no injuries were reported.
On the other hand, as the Rajya Sabha began its session on agriculture laws on Tuesday, the Upper House Chairman Venkaiah Naidu had to warn the three Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MPs Sanjay Singh, ND Gupta and Sushil Gupta for their sloganeering against the government over the agriculture laws. Later, the chairman suspended them.
Highlighting the problems that farmers will face as a consequence of the new law Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad on Wednesday called on the government to repeal the three controversial farm bills not see it as a “matter of dignity”.
Describing the farmers as “breadwinners”, Azad said there was no point in confronting the farmers with a negative attitude. Instead, the government should focus on other important issues including economic revival.
He remarked that what happened in Delhi on Republic Day is very undemocratic and it was against law and order adding that they strongly condemn the incident and call for severe punishment. “
On the same day in the Rajya Sabha, Biju Janata Dal MP Prasanna Acharya attacked the Centre with the Agriculture Act saying that if the government can give verbal assurance about the minimum support price, then it should be incorporated it the law and asked the government to implement the recommendations of the Swaminathan Commission. He said “The Centre had said in 2014 that the income of farmers would double by 2020.
What was the income of the farmers then and how much is there now? What has happened twice, if not then why not? Isn’t that a failure of the government”?
Opposition parties have been raising the issue of agriculture law since the Rajya Sabha session began on Wednesday. Sixteen opposition parties demanded a five-hour discussion to break the stalemate over the peasant movement.
Both the Centre and the opposition parties agreed to discuss the issue for 15 hours and not 5 hours. In this context MP Ghulam Nabi Azad said, “The government has accepted our proposal.
We also agree to discuss the issue. He added, “If the issue is not discussed before the motion of thanks, then I will appeal to the government to extend the discussion time”.
The Rajya Sabha chairman announced that the issue of farmers would be discussed after the motion of thanks.
The Sammilita Kisan Morcha on Tuesday said that there could be no “formal” talks with the government until the Delhi Police removed multiple layers of barricading at the border and lifted the ban on internet services adding that they are ready to continue their protests till October/November.