Hyderabad: Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) President and Nalgonda MP N Uttam Kumar Reddy demanded Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao to convene a special session of Legislative Assembly to pass a unanimous resolution against the three new ‘anti-farmers’ laws introduced by the BJP government at the Centre.
Further, he asked the Chief Minister to pass new laws in the State Legislature under Article 254 (2) of the Constitution to override the Central laws.
Addressing a press conference through video-conference, Uttam Kumar Reddy announced that the Congress party would organise massive protests in front of the statues of Mahatma Gandhi or District Collectorates across Telangana State on Friday as part of nationwide agitation demanding withdrawal of controversial agricultural laws. He asked the party cadre to participate in large numbers to make the programme a huge success.
Suspecting the sincerity of the Chief Minister in opposing the three new agricultural laws, Uttam said that the Chief Minister was still backing Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he had done in the past. “To prove his honesty and commitment towards the farmers of Telangana, the Chief Minister should immediately convene a special session of Legislative Assembly not only to pass a unanimous resolution, but also to pass State laws to override the contentious new laws of BJP government at the Centre,” he said.
He reiterated that there was no mention of Minimum Support Price (MSP) to the farmers in the new law and no provision has been made to regulate contract farming. He said that the new laws also scrapped the system of market yards where farmers sell their produce to Food Corporation India or to other agencies. Now farmers would have no option but sell their produce to the private entities at prices lesser than the MSP as the new law does not mandate that the contract price should be above MSP.
The press conference was also addressed by All India Kisan and Mazdoor Congress Vice President M Kodanda Reddy. He said that former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi brought the Green Revolution while Lal Bahadur Shashtri gave the slogan of ‘Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan’. However, he alleged that the Modi government has introduced new agricultural laws to mortgage the interest of farmers into the hands of a few corporates.
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