Both the houses of the Parliament on Monday passed the Farm Laws Repeal Bill 2021 without any discussion amid sloganeering by opposition members.
In the Lok Sabha, the Bill was passed amid sloganeering by opposition members. Immediately after Union minister for agriculture Narendra Singh Tomar presented the Bill, opposition members started raising slogans. Some left their seats and walked down towards the well. All demanded a discussion on the law.
Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla said the discussion would happen if only the members behaved and stopped sloganeering and sat in their respective seats. The members did not relent.
The Speaker then put the Bill for a voice vote and it was cleared within seconds even as the opposition continued sloganeering, protesting that there was no discussion.
Stating that the government was afraid of the discussion, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, Congress leader in the Lok Sabha, said, "We wanted a discussion on the three farm laws that were repealed and also a law on the minimum supporr price (MSP). The government passed the bill without any discussion."
When the upper house assembled at 2pm, Union agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar moved the motion in the Rajya Sabha. The Bill was passed by a voice just as it was passed by the Lok Sabha two hours earlier.
Rakesh Tikait, one of the prominent members of the farmers' agitation, told media persons, "The government wants there should be no protests but we will not leave the site before MSP is discussed among other issues."
Incidentally, former minister and Congress leader Jairam Ramesh had tweeted right in the morning: "Modi Sarkar wants to push through the three farm laws repeal Bill today in Parliament WITHOUT any debate. The passage of the laws 16 months ago was most undemocratic. The manner of repeal is even more so. The opposition demands a discussion before repeal."
The three Bills that stand repealed now are: Farmers' Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020, Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020 and Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill 2020.
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