Farm bills are anti-farmers : Bhupesh Baghel

Bhupesh Baghel

Nagpur : The Chhattisgarh chief minister Bhupesh Baghel on Thursday asserted that the recent Agriculture Bills were totally against the interest of farmers and if needed Congress may move to the court against the implementation. The Farmers Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill and the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill were recently passed by both the houses of Parliament, amid protests by opposition parties.

Baghel, who was here to interact with the media persons on the issue, said that the farm bills would reduce the farmers as labourers and the agriculture sector would be dominated by the industrialists in coming days. The Narendra Modi government has made this law without taking the states into confidence even though agriculture is a state subject, he pointed out.

Lashing out at the BJP government, the Baghel said that the new bills were anti-farmer and the Congress would oppose it tooth and nail as it is tantamount to an attack on the federal structure of the country. Opposition parties are writing a letter to the President, requesting not to endorse the bill and send it back to the parliament for debate and discussion, he informed and said that farmers would be at a great loss if the new laws are implemented.

Asked if the Congress would decide on not implementing the bills in the party-ruled states, he said, “If required, we may take this decision. We are pursuing it stepwise. We have appealed to the President to return the bills as states were not taken into confidence before the passage of the bills in Parliament,” he said.

The decision to bring such law was against the states, farmers and consumers. “Whatever a state government can do under its jurisdiction, we will do. If needed, we will not let the bills be implemented in Congress-ruled states,” he asserted.

Baghel arrived here by a special plane from Raipur this afternoon to address a press meet on the issue. He was accompanied by the Maharashtra cabinet minister, Yashomati Thakur.