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Congress To Challenge Essential Commodities Act In Court: Amarinder Singh

Amarinder Singh described the laws “a direct and deliberate assault” on farmers’ pursuits (File)


Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Tuesday stated the state Congress will problem the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act 2020 within the courtroom of regulation.

He described the laws “a direct and deliberate assault” by the Centre on the farmers’ pursuits.

Lok Sabha on Tuesday handed the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, 2020 which seeks to decontrol meals objects, together with cereals, pulses and onion, a transfer aimed toward remodeling the farm sector and elevating farmers’ earnings.

Riding roughshod over the farmers’ issues, the central authorities, of which the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) is a constituent, has imposed a central regulation on a state topic, thus “eroding” the federal construction of the nation, stated the CM.

“We will challenge it in court,” he stated in a press release.

Asserting that he won’t permit the farmers’ pursuits to be compromised on this “shameless manner”, Mr Singh stated the enactment of the laws is a step in the direction of the “abolition” of the MSP (minimal help worth) regime.

“It is a conspiracy on the part of the BJP-led NDA government to destroy Punjab and its farmers,” he alleged and declared that the Congress will struggle this “attack” on the state’s pursuits tooth and nail.

“The legislation talks of encouraging competition among farmers. Do they really expect poor farmers, who are only competing with themselves for survival every day, to rival big corporates for protecting their interests?” requested the CM.

Noting that the enactment, together with the opposite two farm ordinances that the Centre has already tabled within the Lok Sabha, was according to the suggestions of the Shanta Kumar committee, Mr Singh stated.

The identical committee had additionally prompt dismantling of the MSP regime. It is clear that the NDA authorities is now transferring in the direction of the “elimination” of the MSP system, he alleged.

The CM additionally took on Shiromani Akali Dal chief Sukhbir Badal, accusing him of failing to guard the pursuits of Punjab’s farmers.

Sukhbir and his SAD have been clearly a celebration to the “treachery” of the Union authorities, which has paved the best way for “taking away” the rights of the farmers, he alleged.

“Will you quit the ruling coalition at the Centre?” the CM requested Sukhbir.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV workers and is revealed from a syndicated feed.)

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