Opposition MPs prevented from meeting farmers at Ghazipur border.Harsimrat Kaur Badal slams Delhi Police for heavy barricading at protest site.
Delegation of Opposition leaders including DMK MP Kanimozhi, SAD MP Harsimrat Kaur Badal, NCP MP Supriya Sule and TMC MP Saugata Roy reach Ghazipur border.
Trinamool Congress leader Derek O’Brien on Thursday pressed the government to repeal the three controversial farm laws and offered a ”Repealing Bill 2021′ drafted by him for the purpose.
According to O’Brien, when it comes to migrant workers, when their data is sought in Parliament, the government truly becomes the NDA – No Data Available.
When the Central government imposes cess, the collected amount is not shared with states, he said. “Out of the gross revenue in 1980, 2 per cent was cess. Now almost 16 per cent is being collected as cess. Every time you collect cess you deprive the states.”
The Trinamool MP also said, “They have failed the media. You can intimidate and threaten media barons but not the young media persons (on the ground).”
Deployment of 31 CRPF companies including 16 RAF companies for Delhi-NCR, in view of farmers protests, has been extended for two more weeks.
“Have never seen something like this.. complete failure of the central government,” says NCP leader Supriya Sule to NDTV’s Akshay Dongare at Ghazipur border
Around 15 MPs from 10 opposition parties reach Gazipur border to meet farmers protesting against new farm laws.
British Parliament’s Petitions Committee will consider a Westminster Hall debate in the House of Commons complex on the issue of farmers protests and press freedom in India after an online petition attracted over 106,000 signatures.
UK government spokesperson said, “Media freedom is vital for the protection of human rights and journalists all around the world must be free to do their job and to hold authorities to account without fear of arrest or violence.”
“Free press plays a crucial role in our democracies and the government are putting their full weight behind this including through our membership of the Media Freedom Coalition,” the spokesperson said.
Lower house proceedings were washed out for the second consecutive day on Wednesday after the House was repeatedly adjourned due to protests by opposition members who were demanding a separate discussion on the farm laws issue.
House reassembled four times but was unable to conduct business as the members of the Congress, the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, the Aam Aadmi Party and the Shiromani Akali Dal trooped into the Well and shouted slogans against the farm laws, ignoring repeated appeals by Speaker Om Birla to maintain order.
As the proceedings started at 4 pm, Congress leader in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury tried to raise the issue of farmers’ agitation against the agri laws, saying the matter is harming the image of the country
The opposition parties including the Congress and the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam on Wednesday asked the government to withdraw the three contentious farm laws without making it a prestige issue and not to treat the agitating farmers as ‘enemies’.
Participating in the discussion on the Motion on Thanks to President’s Address to the joint sitting of Parliament, Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha and Congress member Ghulam Nabi Azad suggested that Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself should make the announcement on repeal of the laws. Modi was present in the House at the time.
Declaring that disrespect to the national flag cannot be tolerated, he also condemned the violence at the Red Fort during the farmers’ tractor rally on Republic Day.
“I urge the government to withdraw these three bills,” he said, and added that the government should set up a committee to find out the whereabouts of people ‘who have gone missing’ during the farmers’ protest.
The senior Congress leader cited several examples, including one during his own party’s rule in 1988, of the government giving in to the demands of farmers.
Highlighting the problems which farmers would face because of the new laws, Azad said government should not see repealing of the legislations as a ‘prestige issue’
Congress leader P Chidambaram says MEA’s statement that new farm laws were passed in Parliament after full debate, discussion is ‘travesty of the truth’
A meeting of leaders from DMK, Shiv Sena, AIUDF, CPI(M), CPI, IUML, Kerala Congress (M), Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK), Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) with Congress leader Rahul Gandhi is underway at Congress Parliamentary party Office.
Lok Sabha adjourned till 5 pm as the Opposition MPs walk to the Well of the House, sloganeer and demand that the three #FarmLaws be repealed.