Parliament clears bill to cancel farm laws without discussion
New Delhi : A bill to cancel the controversial three farm laws was cleared in both houses of the Parliament in record time. The government also plans to get it signed by Mr President by tonight, a report said.
The bill was passed in Lok Sabha withing four minutes; it was tabled at 12:06 pm and passed by 12:10 pm amid opposition demands for a discussion.
In Rajya Sabha, it was passed after a short discussion. Congress's leader in the house Mallikarjun Kharge said all parties are agreed on the bill and no one is opposed to it.
Opposition leaders in the Lok Sabha objected to the lack of discussion, pointing out that a discussion has taken place on the five or six occasions when a law was scrapped.
"Modi I (2014-19): Repealing and Amending Bill 2017 was one instance. Six MPs participated in discussion. A fig leaf of democracy then. Some shame. Modi II (2019-today): #FarmLaws Repeal Bill 2021 taken up and passed. NO debate allowed. Not even a fig leaf of democracy. SHAMELESS," tweeted Trinamool Congress' Derek O'Brien.
The Opposition leaders are saying that the government has not allowed discussion on the bill to evade questions and discussion on Minimum Support Price (MSP), second major demand by the farmers.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said his government is ready to reply to all questions. "Whatever voices are raised against the government or government policies - the dignity of parliament and the Speaker's Chair should be upheld," he said.