President Ram Nath Kobind recently approved the Agriculture Bill passed in both the Houses of Parliament. These bills have become law after the President signed them amid protests by farmers in states like Punjab and Haryana.
Parliament recently passed the Agricultural Production Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020 and the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Price Assurance Agreement and Agreement on Agricultural Services and Essential Products (Amendment) Bill Protesting.
While voting on the bill, there was an unprecedented uproar in the Rajya Sabha. Several opposition leaders, including TMC MP Derek O’Brien, tore up copies of the bill and broke Mike’s gesture. Subsequently, Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu adjourned eight MPs for the session.
President Ram Nath Kobind has approved three farm bills passed in Parliament. pic.twitter.com/hvLvMgNI8Y
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At the same time, after the parliament passed, many opposition parties requested President Ram Nath Kobind not to sign the proposed laws. Opposition parties have written letters to the President. In a memorandum sent to the President, leaders of various parties including Congress, Left parties, NCP, DMK, SP, Trinamool Congress and RJD requested him to intervene in the matter and not to sign the bills. Gulab Nabi Azad, a senior Congress leader, also met with President Kobind on behalf of the opposition to oppose the bill.
Opposition to the bill in Parliament from the street
All three bills are opposed to going to Parliament from the streets. Farmers in Haryana, Punjab have taken the front, other parties are also protesting. The farmers are demanding the government to withdraw the bill. Farmers in Amritsar, Punjab, are frozen on the Amritsar-Delhi railway line as part of a rail rococo protest on Sunday. People from nearby villages are providing food and other items to the protesters on the track. Nearby gurudwaras are also anchoring for protesters.
SAD out of NDA in agriculture bill
The Modi government also had to distance itself from its allies rather than the agricultural water bill. In fact, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) MP Harsimrat Kaur first resigned from the Modi cabinet and then on Saturday the Shiromani Akali Dal also split from the NDA. After the party’s main committee meeting, Sukhbir Singh Badal announced his withdrawal from the NDA alliance. Sukhbir said the government did not listen to SAD, the BJP’s oldest ally, out of respect for the sentiments of the farmers.