Congress party has opened the front against the central government over the agricultural laws. Congress general secretary KC Venugopal has asked the state governments of Congress-ruled States to consider passing a bill under article 254 (2) to neutralize the agricultural bills of the central government.
In an official statement, Venugopal said that Congress President Sonia Gandhi has advised that the Congress-ruled States should use the provision of the constitution to neutralize the anti-farmer agricultural laws.
This article of the constitution allows state legislatures to pass laws to negate laws made by the Central government that encroach upon state jurisdiction. Venugopal said this would enable Congress-ruled states to bypass the three stringent agricultural laws.
In the recently concluded monsoon session, Parliament passed the three controversial agricultural bills. These bills are Agricultural Produce Trade and Commerce (promotion and facilitation) bill 2020, Farmers (empowerment and protection) Price Assurance Agreement and Agreement on Agricultural Services bill 2020. On Sunday, President Ram Nath Kovind gave his consent to these bills, making the laws.
On Monday, former Congress president Rahul Gandhi again targeted the Modi government regarding the agricultural laws. Gandhi alleged that the voice of the farmers was suppressed both in Parliament and outside.
He said in a tweet, “The agriculture laws are a death sentence to our farmers. Their voice is crushed in ParliamentParliament and outside. Here is proof that democracy in India is dead.”