A day after Union minister of food processing industries Harsimrat Kaur Badal of Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) resigned from the Union Cabinet opposing legislations seeking liberalisation of the agricultural markets, Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) president K. Chandrasekhar Rao too said that he would oppose the two farm Bills brought into the Parliament by the Narendra Modi government.
KCR said the farm Bills passed by Modi government will do “a lot of injustice” to the farmers. He has instructed his party MPs to oppose the Bills “tooth and nail” in the Parliament.
He said that the Bills will adversely impact farmers and benefit the corporate. There is a need to oppose the farm Bills when they are introduced in the Rajya Sabha, he added.
On Thursday, the Lok Sabha passed the two farm Bills as the Opposition did not seek voting on any clause of these Bills. The Congress, DMK and the Left parties opposed the Bills and boycotted the House as a mark of protest.
The SAD, which has been an ally of the ruling BJP since long, also opposed the Bills in the Lok Sabha.
“The public were just told that the Bills will enable the farmers sell their produce anywhere in the country but in reality, they will enable traders to go anywhere in the country and buy the agri produce. The BJP says farmers can go anywhere in the country to sell their produce but will they be able to move wherever they want with the small amount of their produce bearing transport charges and then sell it for profit,” KCR asked.
“These Bills are nothing but sugar-coated pills and they should be opposed,” he asserted.
The TS CM also alleged the Bills were “in favour” of the corporate lobby and will allow them to spread their base across the country.
The TRS chief said that as the Bills could cause loss to farmers and the agriculture sector, their party MPs would oppose and vote against them in the Rajya Sabha.