MSP will be taken away, farmers will be forced to become slaves: Priyanka Gandhi

  • | Friday | 25th September, 2020

Lucknow: Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Friday attacked the central government over the farm bills that were passed in Parliament as several farmer organisations began their nationwide protest against the proposed legislative measures in the agriculture sector. Priyanka Gandhi, in a tweet, said the new farm bills will not only dismantle the minimum support price (MSP) system but also make farmers slaves of the billionaires through contract farming.

Lucknow: Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Friday attacked the central government over the farm bills that were passed in Parliament as several farmer organisations began their nationwide protest against the proposed legislative measures in the agriculture sector. Priyanka Gandhi, in a tweet, said the new farm bills will not only dismantle the minimum support price (MSP) system but also make farmers slaves of the billionaires through contract farming.

"MSP will be taken away from farmers. They will be forced to become slaves of billionaires through contract farming. Neither they will be given the price nor the honour. Farmers will become labourers on their own farms," Priyanka Gandhi said, adding that the BJP`s farm bills are a reminder of the East India Company Raj. Parliament has passed three farm reform bills -- the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, Farmer`s Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill and the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill -- in the Monsoon Session, which concluded on Wednesday.

Some farmer organisations had called a `Bharat Bandh` on Friday in protest against the farm bills. Rahul Gandhi, too, took to Twitter to extend support to the Bharat Bandh call given by some farmer organisations. Rahul Gandhi said, "A flawed GST destroyed MSMEs. The new agriculture laws will enslave our Farmers #ISupportBharatBandh."

 

 

As the protesting farmers blocked the Amritsar-Delhi National Highway in Jalandhar, Punjab, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh appealed the farmers to maintain law and order and adhere to the coronavirus protocols. He also extended support to farmers and demanding the government to withdraw the farm bills.

"Farmers are the backbone of our society and the recent farmer bills passed by the Union government are a step in the wrong direction. It’s time we all stand for what`s right. Together let`s impress upon the Centre to pull back these anti-farmer bills," Amarinder Singh said. Among farmers` unions which are supporting the bandh call included Bharti Kisan Union Krantikari, Kirti Kisan Union, Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ekta Ugrahan), Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee and BKU (Lakhowal).

Several organisations in Haryana, including the BKU, have also extended support to the nationwide strike called by some farmers` bodies against the bills. Police personnel in adequate strength have been deployed across Punjab to maintain law and order, officials said. Delhi Police has also deployed its personnel at the Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border in Chilla area in view of the farmer protests.



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