Mumbai: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Monday called the Farm Bill a ‘death sentence’ due to protests by several farmer organizations and political parties in several states, several days after the bill was passed in Parliament.
“The agriculture laws are a death sentence to our farmers. Their voice is crushed in Parliament and outside. Here is proof that democracy in India is dead,” the former Congress president tweeted while sharing a newspaper clipping.
The agriculture laws are a death sentence to our farmers. Their voice is crushed in Parliament and outside.
Here is proof that democracy in India is dead. pic.twitter.com/MC4BIFtZiA
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) September 28, 2020
President Ram Nath Kovind gave assent to the bills passed by Parliament in the recently concluded monsoon session on Sunday.
With this, all three bills have now become Acts – The Farmers Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Service Act, 2020, and The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.
Three Bills were passed by the Parliament amid opposition from opposition parties. The Shiromani Akali Dal left the National Democratic Alliance on Saturday.
Farmers have expressed fears that the Centre’s farm reforms will lead to the deterioration of the minimum support price system, leaving them at the “mercy” of large companies.