Impact of SAD: For the first time in 6 years, 6 GoI ministers brief media after passing a bill in Rajya Sabha

By Rajan Nath - September 20, 2020 10:09 pm

For the past few days, there has been outrage among people of India over the three Agriculture-related bills.

Unfortunately, the outrage led to a major ruckus in the Rajya Sabha during the Monsoon session of the Parliament on Sunday when several opposition parties protested inside the Upper House.

Meanwhile, the Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and other Union Ministers addressed the media in Delhi on Sunday.

This is for the first time in 6 years, that 6 Government of India (GoI) ministers addressed a press conference after passing a bill and Prime Minister repeated his tweet. This is the effect of Shiromani Akali Dal.

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Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), an alliance of the NDA government, opposed the farmer bills in the Lok Sabha. Also, the Harsimrat Kaur Badal, wife of SAD President Sukhbir Singh Badal, resigned from the designation of Union Minister of Food Processing.

In fact, the SAD president, on Sunday, urged the President of India Ram Nath Kovind not to sign the bills and send them back to Parliament for reconsideration.

"System of MSP will remain", says PM Modi

PM Narendra Modi on Sunday took to Twitter and wrote: "A watershed moment in the history of Indian agriculture! Congratulations to our hardworking farmers on the passage of key bills in Parliament, which will ensure a complete transformation of the agriculture sector as well as empower crores of farmers."

"For decades, the Indian farmer was bound by various constraints and bullied by middlemen. The bills passed by Parliament liberate the farmers from such adversities. These bills will add impetus to the efforts to double the income of farmers and ensure greater prosperity for them," he said.

"Our agriculture sector is in desperate need of the latest technology that assists the industrious farmers. Now, with the passage of the bills, our farmers will have easier access to futuristic technology that will boost production and yield better results. This is a welcome step," he added.

The Prime Minister concluded that "I said it earlier and I say it once again: System of MSP will remain. Government procurement will continue. We are here to serve our farmers. We will do everything possible to support them and ensure a better life for their coming generations."

"I am also a farmer": Rajnath Singh

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, during the press conference, said that "What happened in Rajya Sabha today was saddening, unfortunate and shameful. It is the responsibility of the ruling side to enable discussions in the House but it is also the duty of the Opposition to maintain decorum."

"As far as I know, this has never happened in the history of Lok Sabha or Rajya Sabha. This happening in Rajya Sabha is an even bigger matter. Attempts are being made to mislead the farmers on the basis of rumours. What happened is against the decorum of House," he said.

The Defence Minister said, "I am also a farmer and I want to assure farmers of the country that MSP (minimum support price) & APMC (Agricultural Produce Market Committee) systems are not going to end."

Rajnath Singh on Harsimrat Kaur Badal's resignation

Responding on the resignation of Harsimrat Kaur Badal from Union Cabinet, Rajnath Singh said that "There are some political reasons behind every such decision. I don't want to comment on why did she take this decision."

-PTC News