NEW DELHI: A day earlier than the beginning of the Budget Session(*16*) of Parliament, 16 Opposition parties led by the Congress, NCP, Shiv Sena and the TMC on Thursday determined to boycott the President’s address to the joint sitting of each the Houses in solidarity with the farmers protesting the brand new farm legal guidelines.
Announcing the choice, Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad mentioned the 16 Opposition parties additionally demanded an impartial probe into the Centre’s position within the violence that shook the nationwide capital through the farmers’ tractor parade on Republic Day.
The Opposition parties additionally demanded the repeal of the three farm legal guidelines and criticised the central authorities for remaining unresponsive to the calls for of lakhs of farmers protesting towards the agri legal guidelines.
The parties that may boycott the president’s address on Friday are the Congress, Nationalist Congress Party, National Conference, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, Trinamool Congress, Shiv Sena, Samajwadi Party, Rashtriya Janata Dal, Communist Party of India (Marxist), CPI, Indian Union Muslim League, RSP, Peoples Democratic Party, MDMK, Kerala Congress (M) and the All India United Democratic Front.
“The prime minister and the BJP authorities stay boastful, adamant and undemocratic of their response.
Shocked by this insensitivity of the federal government, the Opposition political parties, reaffirming the collective demand for the repeal of the anti-farmer legal guidelines and in solidarity with the Indian farmers, have determined to boycott the president’s address to each the homes of Parliament on Friday, January 29, 2021,” mentioned a joint assertion issued by numerous parties.
Releasing the joint assertion, senior Congress chief Azad, alongside, with deputy chief Anand Sharma and Congress’ chief whip in Lok Sabha Okay Suresh, mentioned farmers have been collectively preventing towards the three farm legal guidelines “arbitrarily imposed by the BJP authorities.
The parties additionally mentioned the federal government stays unmoved and has responded with water canons, tear fuel and lathi fees on the lakhs of farmers agitating towards the legal guidelines.
Every effort has been made to discredit a reliable mass motion via the government-sponsored disinformation marketing campaign, they mentioned.
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The parties additionally mentioned that although the protests and the agitation have remained peaceable, however there have been some acts of violence on January 26 within the nationwide capital, which was condemned universally and unequivocally.
“We additionally categorical our disappointment over the accidents sustained by Delhi Police personnel whereas dealing with the troublesome scenario.
But, we imagine that an neutral investigation will reveal the central authorities’s nefarious position in orchestrating these occasions,” the parties mentioned within the joint assertion.
They mentioned the brand new farm legal guidelines threaten the long run of Indian agriculture, which sustains over 60 per cent of the nation’s inhabitants, and the livelihood of crores of farmers, sharecroppers and farm labour.
“The three farm legal guidelines are an assault on the rights of the states and violate the federal spirit of the Constitution.
If not repealed, these Laws will successfully dismantle the edifice of nationwide meals safety that rests upon – minimal help worth (MSP), authorities procurement and public distribution system (PDS),” the assertion mentioned.
It additionally alleged that the farm payments have been introduced with none consultations with states and farmer unions, and lacked nationwide consensus.
“Parliamentary scrutiny was bypassed and the legal guidelines have been pushed via muzzling the Opposition, in brazen violation of Parliamentary guidelines, practices and conventions.
The very constitutional validity of these legal guidelines stays in query.” Azad alleged that the Opposition has been towards the way by which the three payments have been handed in Parliament and the calls for of farmers not met.
“Those chargeable for the violence needs to be punished and brought to job.
The authorities would have to take duty that had it not proven conceitedness and brought the legal guidelines again, these incidents wouldn’t have taken place,” he mentioned.
“We strongly imagine that the federal government has miserably failed in dealing with the farmers agitation,” the senior Congress chief mentioned.
He alleged that the whole guidelines and rules have been “thrown within the dustbin” when the farm payments have been handed within the final session, because of this of which the farmers took to the streets.
The Congress on Wednesday had held Union Home Minister Amit Shah chargeable for the violence that shook the nationwide capital on Republic Day and mentioned he needs to be sacked instantly.
The Congress had additionally accused the Modi authorities of being an element of a concerted conspiracy to malign the farmers’ agitation by permitting some miscreants to enter the Red Fort advanced and hoist a spiritual flag, of their bid to be certain that the farmers bury their demand for the repeal of the three new agri legal guidelines.
President Ram Nath Kovind would address the joint sitting of the 2 Houses of Parliament on January 29 heralding the beginning of the Budget Session of Parliament.