Winter Session: Centre to introduce Bill to repeal three farm laws

As the Winter Session of Parliament begins on Monday, the Centre is expected to introduce a Bill to repeal the three farm laws on the first day itself, NDTV reported.

Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar will introduce the Bills in the parliament, and both Bharatiya Janata Party and the Congress have issued whips to their MPs to remain present in the House.

A total of 26 Bills are slated to be introduced for the Winter Session in Lok Sabha including the Cryptocurrency and Regulation of Official Digital Currency Bill, the Insolvency and Bankruptcy (Second Amendment) Bill, 2021, the Electricity (Amendment) Bill and the Trafficking of Persons Bill, while three more Bills are expected to be discussed in the Lower House during the Session.

Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge said the opposition parties raised matters like fuel price hikes, inflation and the farmers’ protest during an all-party meeting held on Sunday. Opposition parties have also sought a discussion on the Pegasus spyware row and unemployment in the parliament.

The 31 parties, who were present at the meeting also demanded that a law guaranteeing minimum support price for crops should be introduced, Kharge said.

According to the Indian Express, Trinamool Congress demanded the Parliament should discuss the Centre’s three farm laws before they are repealed. There will be Opposition unity on “common issues”, Party MP Derek O’Brien said but drew a distinction between his party and parties that are electoral allies of the Congress.

Aam Aadmi Party’s MP Sanjay Singh walked out of the all-party meeting alleging that he was not allowed to speak.

Singh alleged, “They [Centre] don’t let any member speak during the all-party meetings. I raised the issue of bringing law on MSP guarantee in this session of the Parliament and other issues including the extension of BSF’s [Border Security Force] jurisdiction, etc.”

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