On Thursday, Congress MPs from Punjab burn copies of farm bills proposed by the central government in the Parliament premises. Even, the party stages a protest in front of the Mahatma Gandhi statue.
The Congress party is opposing the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020 and the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020 that the Centre has proposed in the ongoing monsoon session of Parliament, replacing the earlier ordinances issued by it.
Protest against the bills inside the Parliament
Congress MPs Jasbir Singh Gill, Ravneet Singh Bittu, Gurjit Singh Aujla, and Amar Singh burn copies of the farm bills and say that they will oppose the proposed legislation from head to toe. They also wear black robes saying,” I am a farmer and farm laborer, don’t betray me.”
They also attack Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) for being the part of BJP led NDA Government after these bills were proposed by the government.
What Congress MPs say about the bills and farmers?
Inside the Parliament, Gill said, “We will oppose the farm bills from Parliament to Panchayat. We also appeal to all the MPs to vote against the bills, hearing their own inner voice for the sake of zameer and Zameen, (which means Conscience and Land).”
During the protest by the Congress party in front of the Mahatma Gandhi statue in the Parliament premises, the opposition party leader, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said in Lok Sabha that the farmer’s community in this country is under extreme stress and anxiety as a consequence of wrong, unfair and anti farmers policies of NDA Government.
He further added, “We are protesting against these anti farmers Legislations. The entire farmer’s community is out on the roads on Punjab and Haryana and they are protesting against these bills.”
Another Congress MP Bittu said, “BJP will be reduced to ashes if they try to kill farmers and their mother (land).”
The opposition has termed all the three farm ordinances as anti-farmer and they will continue to protest against the bill.