Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Sunday said his government will take the BJP and its allies, including the Shiromani Akali Dal, to the court over the “unconstitutional, undemocratic and anti-farmer” laws of the Centre.
“We will move the court and fight the draconian legislations as soon as they get the presidential nod and become the law of the land,” the chief minister said.
The CM questioned the rationale behind putting the “controversial and vicious” Bills to voice vote despite strong reservations by the Opposition and inadequate numbers in the House.
He said his government will not allow the Union government, of which the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) “shamelessly” continues to be a part, to “trample” upon the rights and interests of farmers through the “cruel” legislations designed to “destroy” the farmers.
“They (BJP and its allies) clearly don’t care for what these laws will do to the farmers,” he said, flaying the BJP-led government for “selling” interests of the farmers to big corporates.
By pushing the Bills through without consultation with key stakeholders and even without taking the government of Punjab into confidence, the Union government has shown that it has “no concern” whatsoever for farmers or the farm sector, he said.
This clearly exposes the “ill intent” of the Centre, which has a “poor trust record” as far as states go, Amarinder Singh said in the statement.
The CM asked if these legislations are actually revolutionary and in the interests of farmers.
Every single provision of these Bills is crafted to “destroy” lakhs of small and marginal farmers, who could not hope to compete in the “monopolistic system” that the Centre aimed at bringing into the sector.
He claimed farmers were nowhere near getting the government-mandated MSP on their foodgrains in the open market that exists even today to a limited extent.
Amid an uproar by the opposition, the Rajya Sabha on Sunday passed the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill; and the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill.