Mumbai: Former Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis said that the opposition to the Centre’s agriculture bills, passed in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha recently, was not from farmers but those with vested interests.
Fadnavis said that many political leaders were protesting to maintain their relevance in the region.
He said that the Congress had assured the farmers in its 2019 manifesto, but there was a Narendra Modi government at the center which fulfilled the promises made to the farmers.
He said that the bills passed in Parliament would let farmers go for contract farming, bring investment in the sector, and also reduce the burden of farmers as it has abolished many taxes and cesses.
He claimed that farmers can now sell their products as per their choice without any cess or tax. These bills are revolutionary.
He said that the Contract Farming Act was brought by the Congress in Maharashtra in 2006 and has helped farmers, such as building the value chain of tomatoes and potatoes in Nashik.
He also attacked the ruling Shiv Sena, claiming that the Uddhav Thackeray-led party had no stand on the agricultural sector and was confused about the demands and rights of the farmers.