Parliament proceedings News: Congress Leader in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury today said that his party can’t remain silent when lakhs of farmers were sitting on borders of Delhi. “Over 206 farmers have lost their lives and nails have been fixed to stop them from entering Delhi. Our demand was just to hold discussion on farmers issue after President’s address,” he said in Lok Sabha.
Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi replied on the motion of thanks on President Ram Nath Kovind’s address in Parliament. During his reply, he talked about farm laws and protests around it. He also questioned the opposition parties for taking U-turn on many of reforms that they had once propagated. He quoted former PM Manmohan Singh, who had once called for making one single market for agriculture produce.
The Prime Minister reiterated that the central government was open to dialogue on farm laws and that the agriculture reforms neither touch minimum support price nor are they aimed at finishing state-run mandis. In an over hour-long speech, Prime Minister Modi talked about farm laws and the protest around it. Countering opposition, he said that almost every opposition parties have felt the need there should be some reforms in agriculture sector. However, he said, now some parties that advocated for the reforms have made a U-turn.