Opposition welcomes top court order, urges Centre to repeal laws. Calling the committee “well-intentioned”, Congress leader P Chidambram tweeted: “The decision to form a committee that will help find a solution is well-intentioned. However, the formation of a four-member committee is confusing and sends conflicting signals.”
Welcoming the Supreme Court stay on the laws, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief who is Sharad Pawar tweeted saying that It was a big relief for farmers and keeping the farmers interest and well – being in mind , he hopes that a concrete dialogue will be initiated between the Central government and farmers.
Opposition parties have stated they will not run in the by-elections on Tuesday, but will focus on building a four-member federation set up to end tensions between farm unions and the federal government.
Calling the committee “well-intentioned”, Congress leader P Chidambram tweeted: “The decision to form a committee that will help find a solution is well-intentioned. However, the formation of a four-member committee is confusing and sends conflicting signals.”
The committee is made up of Bhupinder Singh Mann, president of the Baratiya Kisan Union; Anil Ghanwat, president of Shetkari Sangathana; Pramod Kumar Joshi, former director of South Asia, International Food Policy Research Institute; and economist Ashok Gulati.
Speaking at a press conference in Delhi, Congress spokesman Randeep Singh Surjewala said committee members had expressed support for the new rules. He said that and hence so the question arises in their minds as to how the justice will be done to farmers and that how can one trust a committee with members who have already spoken out in the favor of Modi’s state farm regulations.
Thousands of farmers have rallied across the Delhi border in protest of new rules that they say will leave them vulnerable to large agricultural enterprises. The government insists the laws will open up agricultural markets and help increase farm incomes.
Acknowledging the Supreme Court’s decision, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief executive Sharad Pawar tweeted, “I am a senior farmer and I hope there will be a meaningful dialogue now between the Central Government and farmers, to keep farmers interested and well-being. ”
Drravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) official MK Stalin said that he once again urge the Union government to commit itself to abolishing farm rules at the next congressional hearing. General Secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) Sitaram Yechury said that It is clear that these farm rules are not for the benefit of the farmers of the nation but are for companies only.
The ruling leaders of the Baratiya Janata Party (BJP), however, were cautious in their response to a high court order.
A senior party leader said on commenting about the condition of the anonymity that there are some people who feel unfounded or inadequate for reasons to abide by these rules, but now that the court of law has ruled, it is now up to the farmers to come to the negotiating table,” said a senior party leader.
BJP spokeswoman Nalin Kohli who attacked Congress for criticizing a court-appointed committee. He quoted saying that the Congress’s stance is an integrated political and opportunistic testimony that was made since back in the year 2005.