Oppn requested President to return farm bills, says Azad

Monsoon Session, that was scheduled to go on till October 1st, was cut short in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad met President Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday and urged him to return the agriculture-related bills that were passed on Sunday amid protests.

Speaking to reporters after meeting the President, Congress leader Azad told reporters, “I apprised him of the way these two bills were passed unconstitutionally and also urged him to return these bills, so that amendments can be made.”

“Before passing these bills, the government should have taken all political parties into confidence. They should have discussed with farmer organisations and their leaders so that a proper consensus could have reached. But it was not so. They send these two bills neither to the select committee nor the standing committee. Otherwise, it would have been a good bill and helped farmers,” he added.

Slamming the government, he said, “All the limits were crossed in the Rajya Sabha and the constitution was shamed in the world’s largest democracy.”

“Yesterday 18 opposition parties came together and took the decision to send a letter to President to inform him how the farm bill was passed,” he added.

The proceedings in the Upper House began without the opposition parties on Wednesday. Opposition parties staged joint protest in Parliament premises over farm bills.

Placards of ‘Save Farmers’ and ‘Save Farmers, Save Workers, Save Democracy’ seen. Congress’ Ghulam Nabi Azad, TMC’s Derek O’Brien, and NCP’s Praful Patel present, among others.

Meanwhile, a meeting was held of the opposition parties to discuss further strategy on the farm bills passed in Parliament. Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad will meet President Ram Nath Kovind at 5 pm on Wednesday over the legislation.

Besides, Rajya Sabha on Wednesday passed The Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2020. The bill was passed in the Lok Sabha on Monday (September 21).

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The House also passed three labour codes bills – the Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions Code, 2020, the Industrial Relations Code 2020 and the Code on Social Security, 2020.

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