Chidambaram refutes BJP cost on Cong promise of APMC Act abolition

Aditi Tandon

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 18

A day after the Lok Sabha handed two farm-related ordinances, the Congress refuted BJP’s narrative that the grand outdated celebration had itself promised APMC (Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee) Act abolition in its 2019 manifesto.

BJP cost was, to the embarrassment of the Congress, rapidly adopted up by suspended Congress member and ex-spokesman Sanjay Jha who tweeted, “Folks, in our Congress Manifesto for 2019 Lok Sabha elections, we had ourselves proposed abolition of APMC Act and making agricultural produce free from restrictions. This is what Modi government has done in the farmers bills. BJP and Congress are on the same page here.” Suspended Congressman Sanjay Jha tweet triggered a row inside the celebration hours after the BJP had mentioned the identical factor.

Congress veteran P Chidambaram, nonetheless, got here down closely in opposition to this narrative saying the Congress manifesto promised to create hundreds of Farmers’ Markets in small cities and enormous villages and “once that is accomplished, APMC laws can be changed.”

Chidambaram mentioned the way in which to liberalise agricultural advertising is to create extra accessible markets and selection for the farmer. There will likely be guidelines to control such markets,” he mentioned, noting that the APMC system is certainly a security internet for the farmer however it’s a restricted market that’s not accessible to hundreds of thousands of farmers.

“We need to enlarge the market for agriculture produce while preserving the ‘safety net’ principle through MSP and Public Procurement,” mentioned Chidambaram.

Jha, who was the primary in early August to warn of a letter bomb within the Congress, additionally mentioned immediately, “Opening up the nationwide marketplace for farmers is a smart transfer to provide higher management over truthful to enticing remuneration; much less middlemen will enhance farmer profitability. Protection in opposition to company exploitation could be built-in, as an assured MSP. Prima facie, welcome step!“

Earlier, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi accused the BJP of compromising farmers’ pursuits, and mentioned, “Farmers have lost faith in the Modi government as there has been a difference in their deeds and actions right from the start – demonetisation, wrong GST and heavy tax on diesel. Awakened farmers know – With the Agriculture Bills, the Modi government will increase the trade of its ‘friends’ and will attack the livelihood of farmers,” Gandhi tweeted. 

Congress spokesman Rajdeep Surjewala stepped up the offensive by terming the BJP as “Kauravas” and mentioned Congress will stand with “pandavas” within the struggle.

Chidambaram, in the meantime, dared the BJP to supply readability on the Bills and requested “can anyone point out the clause in the Farm Bills that stipulates that the price that the farmer will get from the purchaser “shall not be less than the MSP”?


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