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OP Dhankar criticises Punjab government for passing ‘restrictive’ farm Bills

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After four new bills were passed in the Punjab Assembly to neutralize the three agricultural laws of the central government, the politics in Haryana has become hot and hot. The Congress is upbeat in the Baroda by-election due to the four agricultural bills passed in Punjab. On the other hand, the state BJP and JJP leaders are calling Congress propaganda to create confusion over the minimum support price (MSP). Former Chief Minister Bhupendra Singh Hooda has made it clear that the three agriculture laws of the central government will be disregarded on the lines of Punjab only after the formation of Congress government in Haryana.

On the contrary, while opening a front against the Congress, state BJP President Om Prakash Dhankhar says that the Punjab government’s agricultural bill is not a solution but a bond for the farmers. Dhankhar hit back at Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, asking why the Punjab government passed the bill in the assembly on the crops that the central government procures. State President Om Prakash Dhankhar said that the bill passed by the Punjab government on Tuesday has no basis. Through these laws, the Punjab government has snatched away the freedom of its farmers.

In a press conference, Dhankhar said that the Agricultural Amendment Bill brought by the Congress government of Punjab is not a solution it binds farmers.

“After the completion of government procurement, if a farmer keeps the crop and the market price is less than the MSP (Minimum Support Price), then he will not get the buyer. In such a situation, 12 months is required for the purchase of MSP in every mandi of the Punjab government, otherwise, this bill is just a piece of paper. If this is not the case, then the farmer will sell his produce to a businessman with mutual consent and if relations between farmer and businessman deteriorate later, then almost every businessman of Punjab will face legal action,” said Dhankar.

The state president said that Congress is running its political tricks by confusing the farmers. The Punjab government has passed an ordinance focusing only on the crops that the central government buys. The Punjab government stepped out of the thin lane to guarantee MSP on the pulses and oilseeds crops that the state government buys.

He said that the Center spends about 32 thousand crores on procurement of paddy in Punjab and 12.5 thousand crores in Haryana, yet it is not rational to enact a law stripping farmers’ freedom in the name of opposing the Center. Dhankar also said that Congress was stooping down its level just because of Baroda-by elections. State in-charge of AamAadmi Party, Dr Sushil Gupta, while raising the voice of his leader Arvind Kejriwal, has questioned the latest agriculture bills of the Punjab government. According to Gupta, instead of giving MSP to the farmers, the Punjab government passed false bills. They will not get MSP from the farmer. Jannayak Janata Party leader Dushyant Chautala also clarified on Wednesday that politics is being done only from Punjab to Haryana on the three agricultural laws of the central government. There is no harm to the interests of farmers in these laws.

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