The Narendra Modi government has listed the Farm Laws Repeal Bill, 2021 in the Lok Sabha’s list of business for today.
The Bill seeks to repeals the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020, and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.
The time allocation for the a debate has not been set as the Business Advisory Committee is to meet on Monday morning to decide on it.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave the customary all-meeting convened by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi, even as government’s explanatory note of the Farm Laws Repeal Bill to members of Parliament in the Objects and Reasons says, “Even though only a group of farmers are protesting against these laws, the government has tried to hard to sensitise farmers on the importance of the farm laws and explain the merits through several meetings and other forums.”
Meanwhile, at a meeting of the National Democratic Alliance, leader of Meghalaya’s National People’s Party Agatha Sangma called on the government to repeal the Citizenship (Amendment) Act “keeping in mind the sentiments of the people of the Northeast,”
Cracks in Opposition
The Nationalist Congress Party supremo Sharad Pawar and the Trinamool Congress (TMC) were a no show at the Opposition meeting called by the Congress Parliamentary Party leader Mallikarjun Kharge. Ostensibly, Pawar was busy attending the wedding ceremony of a relative of Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut, while the cold war between the Congress and the TMC seems to have reached the doorsteps of Parliament.