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Nadda blames Congress for trying to stall both farm Bills

Nadda blames Congress for trying to stall both farm Bills

New Delhi, Sep 20 (UNI) Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president JP Nadda on Sunday stated that the Narendra
Modi government has given a better future to the farmers of the country after the Rajya Sabha passed two
crucial farm Bills.
"I congratulate Prime Minister @narendramodi on the passing of the bills brought by the central government
for the empowerment of agriculture and farmers in Parliament and wish all the farmer brothers of the country.
I also thank all MPs and political parties for their support," the BJP President said in a series of tweets
in Hindi.
The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020, and The Farmers
(Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020, were passed by a
voice vote in the Upper House amid tumultous scenes on Sunday.
"The Bills passed by Parliament will truly give farmers the freedom to store, harvest and sell their crops.
Let’s free them from middlemen," he said in his tweet.
"MSP -- minimum support price -- was, is and will remain. The system of APMC will also be maintained. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while showing foresight, has taken these steps for the better future of farmers,
which will play an important role in doubling the income of farmers," he stated.
Blaming the Congress for the fierce scenes of Opposition protest and attempts to block passage of the Bills,
Mr Nadda said "Congress does not believe in democracy. Whatever happened in the Rajya Sabha (uproar by the
Opposition) I condemn it. The parties which are anti-farmer, today have done a great derailment of democracy
by making such efforts. They don't believe in democracy either, so they tried in this way."
The BJP National President said, "The parties that repeatedly talk of civilisation, the way they have acted
is very unfortunate and condemnable. The Chairman will take note of it and will also take action on it.
He pointed out that the Opposition Congress in its manifesto for the Lok Sabha elections last year, had
mention abolition of the APMC system. "The Modi government is providing better options to the farmers. After
all, why does Rahul Gandhi and Congress not want to see farmers becoming stronger," he asked.
He claimed that the Congress never brought in any reforms for the empowerment of farmers nor thought or had
the will to do it. Maintaineing that the Congress had an old habit of doing politics by "misleading" farmers,
and the poor, Mr Nadda claimed that farmers were aware of the double character of the Congress and would
not fall prey to its mischief.

While both the Bills were passed, the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, 2020, could not be taken up
due to time constraints.
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