Farm Bills passed in RS; CM urges Opp to vote against Bills

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Farm Bills passed in RS; CM urges Opp to vote against Bills

Monday, 21 September 2020 | Staff Reporter | NEW DELHI

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday appealed to members of all non- BJP parties to vote against three controversial agriculture Bills in the Rajya Sabha.

“Farmers all over the country are watching the Rajya Sabha today. The BJP is in minority in the Rajya Sabha. I appeal to all the non-BJP parties to defeat these bills, this is what farmers in the country wish,” Kejriwal tweeted in Hindi.

However, two of farm Bills were passed by Rajya Sabha on Sunday, which has triggered protests by farmers at several places, amid uproar by opposition members.

Quoting the tweet, BJP Lok Sabha MP Hans Raj Hans tweeted in Hindi “You are spreading confusion here like CAA. Just as there was no threat to the citizenship of CAA, similarly farmers will get benefited from this bill. There will not be any kind of loss. Therefore, we request you with folded hands not to confuse farmers”.

The two bills ‘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 were passed by Lok Sabha on Thursday.

Kejriwal had on Thursday demanded that the Centre should withdraw the three bills and said his party MPs will vote against them in Parliament. The AAP has three Rajya Sabha and one Lok Sabha MPs.

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.

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