This “political step” will not end the farmers’ movement. This will not help the BJP in the upcoming assembly elections in UP and Punjab.
Mumbai: A key member of the Supreme Court-appointed committee on controversial agricultural laws said the government’s decision to repeal three central agricultural laws is “very unfortunate”. He said this “political move” will not end the farmers’ agitation and will not help the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the upcoming assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh and Punjab. Shetkari Sangathan President Anil J Ghanwat said that the agitators had planned to protest till the upcoming assembly elections. Kendra did not bow down when the movement was at its peak and has now knelt down. Ghanwat said, “This is the most regressive step taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he chose politics over the betterment of farmers.Also Read – Farm Laws Repeal: Will Amarinder Singh now ally with BJP in Punjab elections? Know the answer of former CM …
Shetkari Sangathan president Anil J Ghanwat said the government should have adopted other policies to deal with the issue instead of repealing the laws. These laws could have been saved had the government discussed them properly during the passage of bills in Parliament. Expressing unhappiness over the government’s decision, Ghanvat said the move will not end the agitation as their demand for making Minimum Support Price (MSP) into law is still pending and the decision will not benefit the BJP politically either. . “It is a very unfortunate decision,” he said. Farmers were given some freedom but now they will be exploited because they have been exploited since British rule or independence.” But now they have to face restrictions like export restrictions and stock limits. Also Read – How will PM Modi’s decision on agriculture laws affect the UP elections? CM Yogi said this thing
Ghanvat said that the government should have adopted some other policies to deal with the agitation “but now it has succumbed to the pressure of the agitators”. We don’t expect anything good will happen now.” Describing it as a political decision, the committee member said, “They (Centre) did not bow down when the agitation was at its peak but they have knelt now as they are in Uttar Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. Want to win elections in Punjab. He decided to back down to help his party win the elections in Uttar Pradesh once again. It’s not good.” Also Read – Farm Laws Repealed: Will PM Modi still be able to double the income of farmers?
He said that in fact, the agitators have planned to continue the agitation till the upcoming assembly elections. On the status of some provisions of the new laws, he said that the first two laws are being implemented in most of the states. “For example selling agricultural products outside APMC. Now this law is being implemented in 21 states. Agriculture is a state subject and it is up to the states whether to continue with this provision or not.
Ghanwat said, “This is the most regressive step taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he chose politics over the betterment of farmers. Our committee submitted several reforms and solutions on the three agricultural laws, but instead of using it to resolve the impasse, Modi and the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) stepped back. They just want to win elections and nothing else.
Ghanvat, president of Shetkari Sangathan, said, “Despite submitting our recommendations in the Supreme Court, now it seems that the government has not even read it. The decision to repeal agricultural laws is purely political, aimed at winning elections in Uttar Pradesh and Punjab in the coming months.” The door to reforms is closed. The interests of farmers have been sacrificed over the political interests of the BJP.
Ashok Gulati, agricultural economist and former chairman of the Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices (CACP), said, “The government has decided to repeal the laws and it is their wish. The committee has submitted its report to the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court may have advised the government to repeal these laws or do something else. It is good for farmers. They can now take a sigh of relief.” He said the upcoming elections would also have been kept in mind while considering the repeal of agricultural laws.
Agriculture economist Pramod Joshi is the third member of the Supreme Court-appointed committee, besides Ghanvat and Gulati. The committee submitted its report to the apex court on March 19. The report has not been made public yet. The committee said that the purpose of this report has now been lost and if the Supreme Court does not make it public, it will make it public.
The Shetkari Sangathan president said the committee’s report was “in favor of the farmers” and he would take a decision on making the report public next week. “…if the Supreme Court does not make this report public, I will make it public,” he said, adding that the committee took three months to prepare the report. He said, “It should not go in the litter box. It should not happen. I will make it public. I have to take care of the farmers.