New Delhi, September 24
A day before the countrywide farmers’ protest, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar today accused the Congress of “lying and misleading” while inviting the farmers to “any discussion on the three Bills.”
Several farmers and farm workers, including the All-India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee, have given a call for a ‘Bharat Bandh’ tomorrow. Indian Coordination Committee of Farmers’ Movements (ICCFM) convener Yudhvir Singh termed the legislations “undemocratic and anti-farmer”.
The ICCFM is a non-partisan alliance representing 12 farmer organisations. “The new laws will empower agri-business and increase corporate control of our food system, leaving farmers and consumers with little recourse to justice,” Singh claimed. Tomar maintained that the legislations would change the lives of the farmers for the better. “Kamal Nath (former Madhya Pradesh CM) is on record saying that the Essential Commodities Act has achieved its purpose.The government has done what the Congress promised in Punjab and in its 2019 Lok Sabha manifesto, he told mediapersons at the BJP headquarters here.
“Those questioning why MSP has not been included in the legislations ruled the country for 50 years and yet did not make a law on it. Why did you (Congress-led UPA) not make a rule on the MSP,” Tomar asked. — TNS
Punjab braces for daylong stir
31 farmer unions, backed by 50 agriculture-related organisations, have called for Punjab bandh on Friday. All political parties — barring the BJP — have supported the bandh against 3 Bills.
Markets to remain shut till 4 pm
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Heavy police deployment on all highways, additional forces rushed to districts.
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