Tribune News Service
New Delhi, October 5
Bhartiya Kisan Party on Monday moved the Supreme Court challenging the validity of the new farm laws, contending that they violated the basic features of the Constitution.
In its petition, the party submitted that agriculture was a state subject under List II of Schedule VII of the Constitution and therefore, Parliament didn’t have the legislative competence to make laws on the subject.
This is the fourth petition filed in the Supreme Court against the three farm laws – The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020 and The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act 2020 – which were assented to by President Ram Nath Kovind last month.
Earlier, Congress MP from Trissur in Kerala TN Prathapan, DMK MP Tiruchi Siva and RJD MP Manoj Jha had moved the Supreme Court against the farm laws that have triggered farmers’ protest, especially in Punjab and Haryana.
Jha had contended that the farm laws were “discriminatory” and would expose marginal farmers to exploitation by big companies.
Siva submitted that the new farm laws would be disastrous for the farming community as they gave an “uneven edge over the farmers’ interest in favour of the sponsor or the farm service provider” while Prathapan said they opened the door for “corporate greed” of multinational companies to trample on the agriculture market.