Congress MP TN Prathapan will approach the Supreme Court on Monday challenging the contentious farm bills.
Prathapan will be filing a petition in the top court against the bills on Monday, Times Now’s Samia Kapoor reported.
President Ram Nath Kovind on Sunday gave his assent to three contentious farm bills that were recently passed in Parliament amid staunch protest by farmers and opposition parties.
Last week, opposition parties had met the President and requested him not to give his assent to the farm bills, and conveyed to him that their passage in Rajya Sabha was “unconstitutional”.
The three farm sector bills that have stirred political row and are also facing fierce protest by farmers are – The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill and the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill.
The Congress party had earlier called the bills “ill-conceived” and said that it will not sign on the “death warrant of farmers”.
“Congress opposes these ill-conceived and ill-timed Bills. Congress rejects these bills. We will not sign on this death warrant of farmers,” Congress MP Partap Singh Bajwa had said in Rajya Sabha last week when two of the three bills were tabled for the passage.
Centre facing flak over farm bills
The Centre has been facing fierce criticism over the three bills which are being termed as anti-farmer by the opposition. Earlier on Saturday, BJP’s long-term ally Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) pulled out of the NDA after resentment over the bills, citing Centre’s “stubborn refusal to give statutory legislative guarantees to protect assured marketing of farmers crops on minimum support price (MSP)”.
The farmers from Haryana and Punjab have been holding widespread protests against the bills for the past few days.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Tuesday, defended the bills and said that they are the need of the 21st century. Allaying fears of farmers, PM Modi said that the bills are ‘not against’ farmers or agricultural mandis and will empower the farmers to freely trade their produce anywhere.