Congress, SAD protest; say stand firmly with farmers on Bills - ECAS Punjab

Congress, SAD protest; say stand firmly with farmers on Bills

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Tribune News Service

Bathinda/Moga, September 21

Leaders of the Congress and SAD today staged separate protests in Bathinda against the farm Bills.

Members of the district Congress committee (DCC) protested at the Grain Market here. The party leaders alleged that the manner in which the Bills had been passed in Parliament had certainly eroded the democratic fabric of the nation.

Arun Wadhawan, president, DCC, said, "The Congress party stands shoulder to shoulder with the farming community in these trying times. We demand the revocation of anti-farmer Bills."

The Congress also targeted the SAD, saying Harsimrat Kaur Badal's resignation was an eyewash as the party continues to be part of the BJP-led NDA.

The SAD, on the other hand, said with Harsimrat's resignation, the party had extended its full support to the farming community which is protesting against the Bills.

Former SAD legislator Saroop Chand Singla and party MLA from Muktsar Kanwarjit Singh Rozy Barkandi and other party workers also protested at the Grain Market here. They met cotton farmers who have been struggling to get the MSP. Raising slogans against the Central and state governments, SAD leaders expressed concern over farmers not getting remunerative prices for their produce.

The Muktsar MLA said the Centre had rubbed salt on the farmers' wounds by passing the farm Bills in Parliament.

Meanwhile, in Moga, BKU (Ekta) general secretary Sukhdev Singh Kokri termed the clearance of two farm Bills in the Rajya Sabha a 'historical blunder'. He said the union government was handing over the management of agriculture economy, including the farm trade, to big corporate houses.

He said the small and marginal farmers would be forced to give their lands on lease to big corporate houses. Kokri said the corporate houses would set up their own systems to purchase foodgrains outside the ambit of grain markets, thus wouldn't be required to pay taxes to the government.

AAP submits memo to President via Governor

Chandigarh: A delegation of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) legislators and leaders led by Leader of Opposition Harpal Singh Cheema and Punjab incharge Jarnail Singh

(MLA) handed over a memorandum to the President through the Governor of Punjab and appealed not to approve the farm laws.

AAP has announced its full support to the farmers' strike on September 25.

from The Tribune

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