Opposition to farm bill is politically motivated: Fadnavis

Devendra Fadnavis

Mumbai : The Opposition leader and former chief minister Devendra Fadnavis lashed out at the Narendra Modi opponents and alleged that three agriculture laws adopted by the Modi government at Centre were being opposed for political reasons.

Attacking the Congress, NCP and Shiv Sena, Fadnavis claimed that farm sector reforms had been initiated when the Congress-led UPA was in power. The Leader of Opposition also said in the state Assembly on Tuesday that handling of cases against Republic TV’s editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami and actress Kangana Ranaut “showed the state government’s arrogance of power”. “Those who violate the rule of the land can be dealt with the existing laws,” he pointed out during a debate on supplementary demands.

Initiating the debate, Fadnavis said the erstwhile UPA regime was of the view that there should be freedom to farmers to sell their produce anywhere they want, a key feature of the recently-passed agriculture laws. “In the year 2010, a committee comprising ministers from all states was set up regarding the implementation of agriculture reforms with a view that farmers should have a competitive and alternative marketing mechanism at their disposal,” he said.

The senior BJP leader said a committee set up for this purpose was headed by Harshvardhan Patil, who was a minister in then Congress-NCP government in Maharashtra. “When these reforms are implemented now, why should there be opposition (to the three agricultural laws passed by the Centre). This opposition to the new bill is totally politically motivated, he further accused.