After CAA, Modi government faces flak for its farm bills

For the second time this year, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led Narendra Modi government and the saffron party is facing a barrage of criticism from opposition parties and certain sections of people on the formulation of contentious laws

Nov 29, 2020
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For the second time this year, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led Narendra Modi government and the saffron party is facing a barrage of criticism from opposition parties and certain sections of people on the formulation of contentious laws. After the passing of controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) bill, efforts are being made by the government and the BJP at an organisational level to resolve the grievances of farmers protesting in New Delhi against the three central farm bills.

Earlier, in February this year, anti-CAA protests had led to riots in New Delhi and protests, especially in the Shaheen Bagh area. Now, since November 26, agitating farmers from Punjab and Haryana have entered the Delhi border protesting against the Modi government-promulgated three farm laws passed by the government which the farmers think are detrimental to their economic interests and will jeopardise their very survival. 

The government said it is willing to engage in dialogue with the agitating farmers and resolve all their grievances related to the three Union laws related to agriculture. 

A senior BJP  official told IANS, "All the three farm laws have been formulated and passed in Parliament after extensive discussions. These laws were debated on floor of Parliament. If the people associated with the farmers' organisations study all the farm laws in detail, they will find nothing wrong in the provisions. This protest is due to the misunderstanding of farm laws".

Several rounds of governmental meetings have started after the farmers of Haryana and Punjab stormed the Delhi border since November 27.The farmers' organisations are demanding withdrawing of all the three laws. On the other hand, the government has reiterated that all the Farm laws would benefit the farmers adding that these laws cannot be rolled back. Amit Shah, the powerful home minister and the de facto number two in the government, has. however, offered talks if the farmers came to Delhi and protested at a designated place, instead of blocking the inter-state border. 


(IANS)

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