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Rollback of Agriculture Bills Urged by Tejashwi, Holds ‘Tractor March’

Rashtriya Janata Dal head, Tejashwi Yadav on Friday requested that the Center shelve the three controversial agriculture-related Bills that have prompted agitation by farmers in many states.

He said that the rallies by farmers were expanding in each state over the nation.

They are coming out on the roads to protest against the Bills got passed by the Narendra Modi government, as said by the former Deputy Chief Minister after holding a ‘tractor march’ on Patna roads.

Leader of the opposition in Bihar assembly, Tejashwi, stated: My party strongly opposes the Bills and demands a rollback, The Modi government has put the agriculture sector in private hands, similar to the railways and civil aviation sectors, in a bid to benefit corporate friends funding the BJP.

The RJD leader said: Moreover, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, as is his habit, is again showing hostility. His party JD-U’s spokesman has claimed that the Minimum Support Price will be mentioned in the relevant Bill. Nitish was earlier against protests on the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, National Register of Citizens, demonetization, and other issues. He is doing it again. He doesn’t care about farmers, unemployed youths, or the flood situation in Bihar; he just cares about his chair.

Tejashwi additionally stated: We have already pointed out that MSPs of different crops have gone down in Bihar after Agriculture Produce Market Committee (APMC) Act was abolished in 2006 by the Nitish Kumar government. Our farmers will be completely dependent on industrialists with the new laws. It will increase the monopoly of corporates in the agriculture sector too.

Concerning alliance chats with different parties ahead of Assembly polls, he said that he was holding conversations with Rashtriya Lok Samta Party and Left parties and the discussions were moving the correct way.

He stated: RLSP leader Upendra Kushwaha came to my residence for a meeting. I am hopeful of positive results.

Prior, Kushwaha publicly declared that the alliance with the RJD was an intense issue. He hosted asked party supporters to be set up to contest each of the 243 seats in Bihar.

On Friday morning, after a requirement of a bandh by various political groups to protest opposing the section of the three controversial farming related Bills by Parliament, Tejashwi had driven a ‘tractor march’ on the patna.

While being on a tractor, Tejashwi said: The Bills hold big consequences for the future of farmers. These proposed laws will paralyse the farmers as well as the entire agriculture sector in the country. The Bills were forcibly got passed by the central government in a bid to make the Indian farmers dependent on industrialists.

A parade of around 50 tractors followed the Rashtriya Janata Dal head, along with his party supporters yelling mottos against the NDA government over the Bills.

Prior, the ‘tractor march’ started from Tejashwi Yadav’s official residence which is located simply behind Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s residence on Anne Marg.

The participators in the protest, without following social distancing standards, made a beeline for the Governor’s House when a group of police quickly halted them for security purposes. However, they were permitted to continue towards Bailey Road.

The parade was booked to take a round of the Income Tax roundabout, Dak Bungalow Chowk and re-then return to the RJD office on Veerchand Patel Road.

Because of the moment of the parade of tractors, typical traffic was seriously hit in the state capital, particularly the bustling Bailey Road.

 

 

with IANSinput