Basing on the advice by party president Sonia Gandhi, Congress-ruled states will be introducing a bill to override farmer laws that have been implemented across the country from September 27. As reported earlier, the All India Congress Committee (AICC) has already sent a draft model bill to Congress-ruled states which will be passed in the state assembles in special sessions.
According to agency reports citing sources, the bill has been named – “Farmers Right and Special Security Provision Bill 2020”.
“No private player will be allowed to purchase crops less than the Minimum Support Price (MSP) will also be the provision of the Bill,” a source was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.
The move comes on the backdrop of a massive protest launched by the party against the farm laws. Party leader Rahul Gandhi, who has vociferously attacked the laws, calling them ‘anti-farmer’ has been leading ‘Kheti bachao yatra’in Punjab, Delhi and Haryana.
Congress-led opposition parties have been holding protests across the country to condemn the legislation they have dubbed as ‘black laws’. Senior party leaders such as P Chidambaram have also questioned how the government is planning to ‘guarantee’ minimum support price (MSP) to farmers.
Last week, Sonia Gandhi cited Article 254(2) of the Constitution and urged Congress-ruled states to pass laws to ‘negate the anti-agriculture central laws encroaching upon the state’s jurisdiction under the Constitution’.
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