NEW DELHI: Congress MPs led by party chief Sonia Gandhi and former president Rahul Gandhi on Monday staged a protest in Parliament complex demanding the repeal of three farm laws.
The Lok Sabha passed the Farm Laws Repeal Bill soon after the Winter Session convened, however, without a discussion as demanded by the Opposition.
The Congress protest was organised near the Mahatma Gandhi’s statue in the complex after Sonia Gandhi earlier addressed MPs of both the houses in the office of the Congress Parliamentary Party.
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The parliamentarians raised slogans against the PM Narendra Modi and the central government and raised a banner that read, “We demand repeal of black farm laws”.
Congress President Smt. Sonia Gandhi leads our protest against the draconian farm laws imposed by the Modi govt, in the presence of Shri @RahulGandhi and other MPs.
The Congress party will not rest until the interests of our farmers are upheld. pic.twitter.com/RKBNLgFu66
— Congress (@INCIndia) November 29, 2021
Earlier in the morning, Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha and Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge called a meeting of all the Opposition parties to create consensus over the issues to be raised in the Parliament.
A total of 11 opposition parties are in attendance.
The Congress leaders also demanded legal backing for Minimum Support Prices for farmers and financial assistance to the families of farmers who died in the protest in the last one year.
Ahead of the commencement of Winter Session, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said his government is ready to reply to all questions and also urged the opposition to be mindful of the dignity of the house and the Speaker.
“The government is ready to discuss all issues, it is also ready to answer all questions. We want questions in parliament and also peace. Whatever voices are raised against the government or government policies – the dignity of parliament and the Speaker’s Chair should be upheld. We should maintain the sort of conduct that will inspire younger generations,” Modi said ahead of a Winter Session.
However, the Lok Sabha was adjourned soon after the proceedings of the House began after Opposition MPs raised slogans over the three farm laws.
Modi on November 19 had announced to repeal the three farm laws. Modi had said that the government will complete the legitimate of repealing the three farm laws during the winter session of parliament.
On Wednesday the Union Cabinet approved the bill to repeal the three farm laws.