Akali Dal leader Harsimrat Kaur song, who Prime Minister Narendra Modi has resigned from the cabinet In protest of farm bills, he told NDTV on Friday that he was concerned about farmers being snatched from the agricultural sector by private soldiers.
Ms. Song, an “old farmer”, one of the many she has consulted over the past several weeks, said Reliance Jio’s aggressive market strategy was an example to take her idea home.
“An old farmer gave us an example … ‘Geo came in and they gave me free phones. When everyone bought those phones and relied on these phones, the competition was eliminated and Geo raised their fees. That’s exactly what the corporates are going to do.” Described the song.
Ms. Song told NDTV that she had repeatedly asked the Narendra Modi government to listen to the concerns raised by farmers before attacking the three bills passed in the Lok Sabha on Thursday.
“Please don’t bring a law that is considered anti-farmer. Can you come up with anything without considering the opinion of the people? I tried to convince them, but my words were not enough. Maybe my voice is not loud enough, “She said.
The bills will now be taken up by the Rajya Sabha, replacing the three orders issued in June, but have provoked strong opposition from farmers, especially from Congress-ruled Punjab.
The government has said the proposed laws will help small and marginal farmers.
However, farmers fear that the minimum support price (MSP) will no longer be paid, and opposition parties have said the agriculture sector will be left to the fate of corporate interests.
Ms. Song pointed out these fears, thinking the farmers would be “at the mercy of these private soldiers.” “This is the fear they have. The center needs to talk to them to eradicate this fear,” he said.
Ms. Song said she had no choice but to resign to stand in solidarity with the farmers.
However, he declined to describe the policies as “anti-peasant”. “If Prime Minister Modi’s policies had been anti-peasant, the Akali Dal would not have been a part of the government for the last six years,” he said.
Akali Dal, a founding member of the ruling BJP-led National Democratic Alliance at the Center, has come under attack from the Punjab Congress for its continued support for a government that pursues “anti-peasant” policies.
Chief Minister of Punjab Amarinder Singh yesterday dismissed the resignation of Mrs. Song He criticized the party for a gimmick and the rest of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA).
“Congress is similar to corruption and similar to Amarinder Singh Doha (Fraud). He was part of three meetings where he agreed to the bills, “Mrs. Song returned today,” Congress, in its 2019 Lok Sabha election manifesto, Promised to do what the farm bills want.
Friday, Prime Minister Modi revealed what he said was a “misinformation” campaign Against the bills and stressed that farmers will continue to get an MSP.
“False news is being spread that government agencies cannot buy wheat and rice from farmers. This is a complete lie, completely false and an attempt to deceive farmers,” he said forcefully.