Ahead of a two-day special assembly session to counter the central government’s farm laws, Punjab Congress chief Sunil Jakhar on Sunday said that the Congress can “sack” the government if the Center wants to but to protect the interests of farmers We will make every effort.
Two special sessions of the state legislature are starting from Monday, in which the state government is ready to bring laws against agricultural laws.
Chief Minister Amarinder Singh held a detailed meeting with Congress MLAs on Sunday afternoon to discuss the farm laws and heard their views for the assembly session.
Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Mr. Jakhar said, “We discussed how to protect farmers from these black laws. The legislators gave their suggestions.”
He said that the government is clear that it will do whatever it can to protect the interests of farmers.
The legislators were of the view that if the Center feels that the action to counter Punjab’s new agricultural laws was not right, they can dismiss the state government, Mr. Jakhar said.
“If the Narendra Modi government dismisses our government, they are free to do so. The MLAs were of the opinion, for which the Chief Minister also agreed, that if the Center has to take any such step, we can, but Whatever we do, we can protect the interests of farmers.
We are clear that we must save the farmers; We have to protect peace, harmony and brotherhood, Mr. Jakhar said.
Jakhar said, “If the Center feels that Punjab wants to benefit big corporates through these farm laws and if they want to dismiss our government, they can.”
Senior Congress leader and MLA Raj Kumar Verka said that Punjab would not accept “black laws”.
“Verka said the session would now be of two days instead of a one-day period. We are also bringing other bills during the session for the benefit of landless farmers,” Mr. Verka said.
Punjab Minister Sadhu Singh Dharmasot said that Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has always protected the interests of the state.
“During his first term as Chief Minister, he had taken a bold decision to protect the interests of the state on water issues. Now again, he is committed to safeguarding the interests of farmers,” the minister said.
Earlier on October 14, it was decided to convene a special session of the assembly in a meeting of the state cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Amarinder Singh.
The chief minister had said that his government would fight tooth and nail to “anti-federal and vicious” agricultural laws through legislative, legal and other avenues. The CM had said that he would convene a special session of the Legislative Assembly to bring the necessary amendments in state laws to negate the “dangerous effects” of the central legislation, which “to ruin” the farmers as well as the state’s agriculture and economy. has been made. .
In the last Assembly session on August 28, a resolution was passed by majority to reject the three controversial Farm Ordinances, which subsequently took the shape of laws.
Farmers in the state have staged a protest demanding the repeal of three agricultural laws recently passed by Parliament.
They expressed fears that the new laws would pave the way for the dismantling of the minimum support price system, leaving them at the “mercy” of large corporates.
However, the Center has ensured that the new laws will increase the income of farmers, free them from the clutches of middlemen and introduce new technology in farming.
Three Agricultural Bills – Farmers Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020, Price Assurance and Agricultural Services Bill, 2020 Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement and Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, 2020 – passed by Parliament last month went. After this, President Ram Nath Kovind gave his consent to the Bills.