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Published On: Fri, Sep 18th, 2020

‘Anti-farmer’ Agriculture Bills,’BJP Govt Will Be Out’ Says Akhilesh Yadav

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akhilesh YadavNEW DELHI : former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav attacked BJP led Central government saying, “These bills are anti-farmer and hatching a conspiracy against farmers.
In these difficult times, farmers saved our economy but now big industrialists are eying on farming which will render farmers like laborers.”Targetting Centre over the Farm bills passed by the Lok Sabha on September 17, Akhilesh Yadav on Friday said that the bills will lead to corporate houses gaining control over the farmlands.
After resigning from NDA, the top BJP leaders, including the President and the Union Minister, have discussed the strategy on how to pass Agriculture Bills 2020 in Rajya Sabha.
On Thursday, the Agriculture Bills 2020 were passed in the Lok Sabha by a majority, and now the Bills will come to the Rajya Sabha for the passage. But, the Opposition parties have already come out with a strong statement that almost all Opposition parties in the house will oppose the Agriculture Bills in the Upper House.
Yadav said that BJP will be out the day farmers know about Agriculture Bills. “This is the just the beginning, the day the farmers have full knowledge about the law being made, the BJP government will be out,” he added.
The Lok Sabha has passed The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, 2020, The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020 and The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020.
Speaking to ANI, the former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister said that the Bills are “anti-farmer” and added that that the Agriculture Bills will bring farmers under the control of corporate houses. If we do corporate farming in the country it means their farms will be lost and they will not be able to farm the produce of their choice,” said Akhilesh.
Further, Mr Yadav said the agriculture bills will bring farmers under the control of companies.”If we do corporate farming in the country, it means their farms will be lost and they will not be able to farm the produce of their choice,” Mr Yadav said.

The three central laws, promulgated through ordinances are facing massive protests by farmers’ groups in Haryana, UP, and other parts of the country after it was alleged that the ordinances would leave them at the mercy of market forces.

Harsimrat Kaur Badal and SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal voted against the bills. She was present in the House when the bills were being passed. Kaur submitted her resignation soon after party chief Sukhbir Badal announced in Lok Sabha that she would quit the Union Cabinet in protest against the three farm bills.
In her resignation letter, Harsimrat Kaur Badal maintained that it was impossible for her to perform her duties as a Union Minister as the SAD could not go against the interest of the farmers.
She lamented that the Centre did not take farmers on board despite her best attempt to persuade the Union Cabinet in this regard.  Badal stated that her decision to resign was guided by the tradition of her party to always defend the national interest.
The aforesaid bills were introduced by Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar to replace three ordinances promulgated on June 5. As per the Centre, The Essential Commodities Act, 1955 was amended to ensure that the farmers get a good price on many commodities.

Items such as food grains, oil, dal, pulses, potato have been removed from the purview of this Act. Three main political parties in Punjab- Congress, AAP and Shiromani Akali Dal have united against these bills.





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