Ghulam Nabi Azad meets President Kovind; Opposition requests President to not give assent to contentious farm Bills

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 23

The broader Opposition on Wednesday urged President Ram Nath Kovind to return the “unconstitutional” farm-related Bills, requesting him to order his assent on the legislations until the time these had been reconsidered and brought up once more via due course of.

In a gathering with the President on Wednesday night, Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad, talking for 18 non-NDA events, alleged that the Bills had been handed by the Rajya Sabha in violation of all parliamentary and constitutional guidelines and procedures with no voting or division allowed on the resolutions and motions moved by Opposition members.

“All limits had been crossed within the Rajya Sabha on Sunday and Constitutional guidelines, laws and procedures had been disregarded within the temple of democracy. The method Deputy Chairman handed the Bills, we moved the movement of no confidence towards him.

“We have urged the President not to sign the Bills as these are unconstitutional. The President should return the Bills, so that discussions can again take place and proper procedures can be followed besides taking up Opposition amendments to the Bills and a division allowed on our resolutions and motions. Only when the Bills come through proper route should the President grant his assent. Till then he should not sign and should return them,” Azad stated after the assembly.

The assembly was solely granted to Azad in view of COVID norms.

The Opposition that includes 18 celebration leaders had submitted a memorandum towards farm Bills to the President earlier. The submission was adopted up right this moment with a gathering with the President.

The President stated he’ll look into our issues, stated Azad, apprising the President of the “manner in which the Bills were passed.”

Azad stated farmers had been the spine of India and stuffed the granaries.

“This government should have struck a broad consensus on the Bills, spoken to all parties and farmer organisations before bringing a law. Then the law would have been. But sadly the government did not send the Bill either to a select committee or a standing committee,” the Congress veteran famous.

Recalling Sunday occasions within the Rajya Sabha, Azad stated 5 events had moved resolutions and two had moved motions to ship the Bills to a choose or standing committee.

That didn’t occur, he stated, resulting in a illustration by the Opposition to the President.  Azad stated the consensus on Sunday within the Rajya Sabha was to not prolong the home sitting past 1 pm however the identical was “disregarded.”

“The Opposition just isn’t answerable for the fracas that ensued in RS. The authorities is accountable. 

Unfortunately, the Deputy Chairman handed the Bills with out listening to the Opposition. We didn’t know what was occurring,” stated Azad.

Earlier right this moment, Opposition MPs held a march from Mahatma Gandhi statue to Ambedkar statue inside Parliament House to protest farm Bills and labour Bills handed within the absence of the Opposition.

Congress chief whip within the Rajya Sabha Jairam Ramesh stated, “All MPs of the Congress and like-minded events protested anti-farmers, anti-workers Bills which were rubberstamped in Parliament in essentially the most undemocratic method by the Modi authorities.”

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