NEWDELHI : TRS Rajya Sabha members put up a stiff fight against the passage of the contentious farm Bills in the Upper House on Sunday. The TRS MPs joined hands with other opposition parties to stall the proceedings and staged a protest on the Parliament premises, but the Centre had its way by getting the Bills passed through voice vote amid massive uproar by the opposition parties.

“Every clause and sub-clause mentioned in the farm Bills are against the interest of farmers of this country. Agriculture is a State subject as per the Constitution. If the Centre has any concern for farmers, they should implement schemes like Rythu Bandhu, Rythu Bima and uninterrupted power supply to farmers on the lines of Telangana State which has turned agriculture into a profitable profession. The Centre should guarantee Minimum Support Price to farmers for their produce,” TRS Parliamentary Party leader K Keshava Rao said, speaking during the discussion on the contentious Bills.

Slamming the Centre for bringing the Bills that were against the interests of farmers, he said though the Union Agriculture Minister claimed that these Bills were for new-age (revolutionary) agriculture, TRS was against them.

“We are against it as you are pitching poor farmers against rich corporates. Agriculture is the only sector that sustained the Covid impact. If you think you have the right to bring the Bill, we have the right to speak. Did you talk to us or did you consult the people?” Keshava Rao asked, adding that the Centre was trying to turn farmers into landless labourers.

The TRS MP stated that the agriculture Bills will change the very character of the country as the BJP-led Central government was trying to convert an agriculture country into a corporate country. He described the Bills as a direct brutal assault on States’ rights and Constitution in violation of the very spirit of federalism. Attacking the Centre, he said the government was not funding States and had not even released GST dues.

All the TRS MPs were on their feet as the entire opposition staged protests inside the Rajya Sabya and raised their voice against the passage of the Bills. Even after the Centre got the Bills passed by voice vote, TRS MPs along with other Opposition parties staged protests at the statue of Mahatma Gandhi on the Parliament premises. In all, 12 political parties, including the TRS, signed the no-confidence motion to be moved against Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman Harivansh Narayan Singh.

They said the Deputy Chairman came under the influence of the ruling BJP and got the farm Bills passed without even allowing discussion on two resolutions placed in the House against these Bills.

Keshava Rao said the TRS will bring pressure on the Centre to revoke the Bills during the discussion on the no-confidence motion on Monday.

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