New Delhi: As a mark of protest against the series of farm bills introduced in the Parliament in the ongoing Monsoon Session, Congress MPs from Punjab on Thursday burnt copies of the legislation proposed by the government inside the Parliament premises. Meanwhile, the party also staged a protest in front of Mahatma Gandhi’s statue. Also Read - Pakistan Minister Admitting Involvement in Pulwama Attack Reveals Truth, Says Rajnath Singh
The Congress has shown sharp opposition to the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020, and ‘The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill that the NDA government tabled in the Parliament earlier this week to replace the ordinances promulgated earlier. Also Read - Farm laws: Punjab CM asks state MLAs to accompany him for meeting with President
In a video shared by news agency ANI, Congress MPs Jasbir Singh Gill, Ravneet Singh Bittu, Gurjit Singh Aujla and Amar Singh were seen taking copies of the bills and setting it on fire as they opposed the proposed legislation “tooth and nail”. Also Read - Bihar Polls: Rahul Gandhi Accuses PM Modi of Not Talking About Problems Like Unemployment Faced by Our Country
“I am a farmer and farm labourer and don’t betray me,” they said wearing black robes.
“We will oppose these bills from Parliament to panchayats. We also appeal to all MPs to vote against the bills, hearing the inner voice of their conscience for the sake of ‘zameer aur zameen‘ (conscience and land),” Gill said.
On the other hand, Congress MP Bittu said the BJP would be reduced to ashes if they try “to kill farmers and their mother (land).”
The Opposition has termed the three agriculture bills introduced this session as “anti-farmer”. Earlier today, AAP supremo and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that farmers all over the country are opposing them and the Centre should withdraw them.
“The AAP will vote against them in Parliament,” he tweeted in Hindi.
Introducing the three bills on Monday, the Centre said these bills seek to provide barrier-free trade for farmers’ produce outside notified farm mandis, and empower farmers to enter into farming agreements with private players prior to production for sale of agri-produce.