New Delhi: Former president of Indian National Congress Rahul Gandhi has lashed out at the Narendra Modi led government of India for parliament’s nod to two farm sector reform bills and termed it “death orders against farmers.”
Gandhi said that democracy has been shamed by the manner in which the government issued “death warrants” against farmers.
“The farmers grow gold from land, but the arrogance of the Modi government is making farmers shed tears of blood,” he tweeted in Hindi after the Rajya Sabha passed two bills.
जो किसान धरती से सोना उगाता है,
मोदी सरकार का घमंड उसे ख़ून के आँसू रुलाता है।
राज्यसभा में आज जिस तरह कृषि विधेयक के रूप में सरकार ने किसानों के ख़िलाफ़ मौत का फ़रमान निकाला, उससे लोकतंत्र शर्मिंदा है।
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) September 20, 2020
“Democracy has been shamed by the manner in which the government passed death warrants against farmers in the form of two farm bills in Rajya Sabha,” he added.
Earlier on Sunday, amid massive uproar by opposition members, the Rajya Sabha passed the Farmer’s Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020, and the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020. They were passed by the Lok Sabha on Thursday.
Besides this, eight opposition members were suspended from the Rajya Sabha for the rest of the session at parliament over the “unprecedented chaos” in the house during the passing of controversial farm bills. However, the suspended members refused to leave the house.
The members include Trinamool Congress’s Derek O’Brien, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)’s Sanjay singh, Congress’s Rajeev Satav and CPM’s KK Ragesh.
The members were told that they had displayed “unruly behaviour especially with the Chair and gross disorderly conduct”
As the opposition protested against the action, reports said that suspended members refused to leave the house causing five adjournments of the Rajya Sabha.
In this regard, the opposition said the members should have been given a chance to explain and demanded a vote on their suspension, but the Rajya Sabha said the decision was based on a government motion.
During the session, the Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha Harivansh sought the consent of the House to extend the proceedings till the Minister’s reply during the period when the Minister of Agriculture and Farmer Welfare Narendra Singh Tomar was in the process of replying to the discussion.
Despite the uproar, the Deputy Chairman asked the Minister to continue which prompted MPs to raise slogans against the government.
The House then witnessed unruly scenes with some opposition members climbing on to the Chairman’s podium. However, the bills were eventually passed by voice vote.
The government has been allegedly trying to hand over the farm sector to corporates and that the financial pressure on the farmers will be worsened.
The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data shows 42,480 farmers had committed suicide in 2019 alone.
On Monday, when the farmers and opposition leaders were protesting against the agri-marketing bills, the controversial Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut said that they are “same terrorists who indulged in bloodshed even as no citizen lost citizenship due to Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA)”.
The 33-year-old actress made these comments on her twitter handle while sharing a tweet by Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi, where he assured that his government cared for the farmers.
प्रधानमंत्री जी कोई सो रहा हो उसे जगाया जा सकता है, जिसे ग़लतफ़हमी हो उसे समझाया जा सकता है मगर जो सोने की ऐक्टिंग करे, नासमझने की ऐक्टिंग करे उसे आपके समझाने से क्या फ़र्क़ पड़ेगा? ये वही आतंकी हैं CAA से एक भी इंसान की सिटिज़ेन्शिप नहीं गयी मगर इन्होंने ख़ून की नदियाँ बहा दी. https://t.co/ni4G6pMmc3
— Kangana Ranaut (@KanganaTeam) September 20, 2020
Kangana picked up one of the PM’s Hindi tweets saying: “I said it earlier and I say it once again: System of MSP will remain. Government procurement will continue. We are here to serve our farmers. We will do everything possible to support them and ensure a better life for their coming generations.”
Kangana quoted this tweet in reply to the PM, saying “Pradhan Mantri ji koee so raha ho use jagaya ja sakta hai, jise galatfehmi ho use samjhaya ja sakta hai, magar jo sone ki acting kare use aapke samjhaane ke kaya faraq padega? Ye wahin aantaki hein CAA se ek bhi insaan ki citizenship nahi gaee magr unhone khoon ki nadiyan bha dee. (sic)”
(Prime Minister Ji if someone is sleeping they can be woken up, someone’s wrong impression can be changed by explaining but how can you make a difference to somebody who is pretending to sleep? These are the same terrorists who indulged in bloodshed even as no citizen lost citizenship due to CAA.)”
Interestingly farmers across Punjab are protesting, and BJP’s ally and Food Processing Industries Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal, has resigned in protest against two farm sector bills.
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