Legal guidelines don’t replicate reforms: Hooda

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 8

Former Haryana Chief Minister and Congress leader Bhupinder Singh Hooda today said there was a need for agricultural reforms, but the current farm laws did not reflect any reform and needed to be scrapped.

He said the farm laws were passed in Parliament this September without any consultations with the stakeholders and therefore the Centre must call a parliament session, repeal these laws and start the reform process afresh.

“We are not against reforms, but the current laws must be repealed and fresh reform process initiated after consultations with stakeholders,” the former Haryana Chief Minister today said, addressing reporters at the AICC headquarters here.

On the issue of 2019 Congress manifesto promising to abolish the APMC Act, a matter flagged by minister Ravi Shankar Prasad yesterday, Hooda said the BJP was “misrepresenting facts”.

“We promised to improve logistics and then initiate reform. We said we will take the mandis near the farmers and in Haryana we did that. In my own village we have set up purchase centres at every 10 km,” he said.

The senior leader said there was a need for farm reforms, but “there is no reflection of reforms in the current agriculture laws”.

He said the government must call the Parliament session to bring reforms and discuss future reforms with farmers. He questioned the government on why it didn’t agree to the opposition demand to bring a fourth law providing to punish anyone who buys below MSP.

Hooda also said the Haryana Government had lost the trust of the people and the Assembly due to “mishandling” of the farmers’ agitation and should face a vote of no-confidence.

Insisting that the Bharat bandh was successful and peaceful today, Hooda urged the Haryana Governor to call an emergency session of the state Assembly and allow a floor test.

“Seven of the 10 MLAs of BJP ally JJP have dissociated from the government on the farmers’ issue and three independents have also done so. The government is in minority and we will move a no-confidence vote on it the day a session is called,” he said.

On Bharat bandh, Hooda said no political party was leading the agitation.

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