“Govt should stop monologues”, Oppn corners centre over farmers’ protests

Lok Sabha proceedings were disrupted for the third consecutive day on Thursday as protests by Opposition members demanding a separate discussion on the three contentious farm laws created uproar, leading to repeated adjournments of the House.

Opposition parties launched a vociferous attack on the Narendra Modi government over its handling of the farmers’ protest, callings its dialogues with the protestors “monologues”.

BJP defended the new laws asserting that its government is committed to the welfare of peasants and increase their incomes.

As the Lok Sabha assembled after the third adjournment at 7 PM, the opposition members raised slogans against the new farm laws. Rajendra Agrawal, who was in the chair, appealed to the members to go back to their seats so that the Lok Sabha can function normally.

Attacking the government, Opposition parties said trenches have been dug, barbed wires put up and spikes installed at the sites of farmers’ protests, whereas bridges should have been built to win over them. The BJP highlighted the farm welfare measures and tore into the shifting of goalposts by the Opposition.

Participating in the debate on the Motion of Thanks to the President’s Address, Congress MP Deepinder Singh Hooda said the government has no right to question the patriotism of farmers “as they are the ones who have made the country self-sufficient in food”.