Opposition meets President Kovind, seeks repeal of India’s new farm laws

Leaders of various opposition parties including Sharad Pawar, Rahul Gandhi met President Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday seeking the revocation of the India’s new farm laws against which scores of farmers have been protesting.

Leaders of various opposition parties including Sharad Pawar, Rahul Gandhi met President Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday seeking the revocation of the India’s new farm laws against which scores of farmers have been protesting.

The delegation of opposition leaders included CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury, CPI general secretary D Raja and DMK leader TKS Elangovan.

“We met the President and informed him of our view regarding the three farm laws. We have asked for their repeal. We informed the President that it is critical that they are taken back,” news agency PTI quoted Rahul Gandhi after meeting the President.

“We feel it was an insult to farmers and that is why they are protesting in the cold weather against them,” said Rahul Gandhi.

The new laws appeared aimed at handing over the farming sector to the “friends of the prime minister”, but the protesters are fearless and will persist with their peaceful agitation, Gandhi added.

NCP leader Sharad Pawar said several political parties have requested the President that these new laws should be revoked as they were not discussed with either stakeholders or in the Select Committee of Parliament.

“We told President that the three farm laws were passed undemocratically in Parliament and have sought the repeal of these laws,” PTI quoted Yechury.

The opposition delegation was limited to five because of the ongoing coronavirus situation in the country.

The three farm laws enacted in September have been projected by the government as major reforms in the agriculture sector that will remove the middlemen and allow farmers to sell anywhere in the country, PTI ha reported earlier.

However, the furious farmers are protesting saying there are apprehensions that the new laws would pave the way for eliminating the safety cushion of Minimum Support Price and do away with the mandis, leaving them at the mercy of big corporates.

Source: India Today

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