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Won't sign a death warrant for farmers, says Opposition in Rajya Sabha

Sep 20, 2020 14:43 IST

A war of words has erupted in Parliament as the Rajya Sabha takes up contentious farm bills termed by the Congress and several opposition parties as “anti-farmer” and “pro-corporate”, leaving the BJP reaching out to several regional outfits for support. Congress' Pratap Singh Bajwa said, "We are not ready to the sign on the death warrant of farmers. The present farm bills is against the Minimum Support Price (MSP) given to farmers. I want to ask, what is the point of the bills at this time when at least 1 lakh Indians are dealing with coronavirus every day and China is breathing down India's neck?" TMC MP Derek O'Brien said, "PM Modi said that Opposition is misleading the farmers. You (Centre) said double farmer income by 2022. But, at current rates, the farmer income will not be doubled before 2028. Your credibility is low to make promises" Samajwadi Party MP Ramgopal Yadav said, "It appears that there is a compulsion that the ruling party doesn't want a debate or discussion on these Bills. They are only rushing through these Bills. You have not even consulted any farmer associations"

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