Ravi S Singh
Tribune News Service
New Delhi, February 3
The BJP on Wednesday fired salvos at the Opposition parties in the Rajya Sabha while putting up a stout defence in favour of the Union government on its policies, including the three farm laws, abrogation of Article 370 regarding Jammu and Kashmir, and its efforts to tackle Covid-19.
Moving the Motion of Thanks on President’s Address, Bhubanewar Kalita of the BJP said the benefits of the three farm laws have start reaching the farmers, and flayed the opposition parties for stoking passion against the farmers.
He termed the laws as reformative, which has created new “rights” for farmers.
“I appeal to my friends not to make it another Shaheen Bagh,” Kalita said in the context of farmers groups, which are staging protests at borders of Delhi, and opposition parties’ support to them.
Countering the opposition parties’ allegation that the three laws were passed without holding discussions on them in the House, he said the related Bills were passed after due discussions.
Naming the Congress among the opposition parties, he said their members had been trying to stall the proceedings of the House.
He reminded them that they had provoked stir against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act in various parts of the country, including the protest at Shaheen Bagh in Delhi, but failed electorally.
He asserted that his party would win in the forthcoming Assembly election in his home state in Assam.
“We have utmost respect for farmers,” Kalita said, adding that the government has had several rounds of talk with them on the farm laws, and has still kept its doors open.
He said the Narendra Modi government was pledged to progress of all sections and regions of the country, and abides by the tenet of inclusive development.
He hailed the abrogation of Article 370, saying scrapping the special status of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir integrated it with the country in right earnest.
Social welfare policies, including reservation benefits to Scheduled Castes and other sections of the society in the UTs of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh are being now implemented.
Vijaypal Singh Tomar of the BJP, who seconded the motion, rubbished the claim that the farm laws were passed by the present government in a hurry, without holding discussions with the stake-holders.
He said several expert committees, including the ones headed by the then Haryana Chief Minister BS Hooda (2010), and Dr MS Swaminathan had recommended for reforms in agriculture sector.