In the Rajya Sabha, various opposition parties, including Congress, stressed the demand for withdrawal of all three agricultural laws and suggested the government find an acceptable solution to this problem. Together the parties insinuated that self-styled governments cannot build a self-sufficient India. However, denying the allegations, the members of the ruling party said that through these three laws, the farmers of the country will get freedom.
While participating in the discussion on the motion of thanks presented at the President’s address in the Upper House, members of opposition parties questioned the government, why did the farmers come to agitate? At the same time, he requested the government to understand the pain of the farmers and try to overcome them. On the other hand, the BJP targeted the Congress, alleging that the party had mentioned such reforms in its election manifesto but now its tone has changed.
Former Prime Minister and JD (Secu) leader HD Deve Gowda called farmers the backbone of the nation, saying that their problems should be heard and an acceptable solution should be found. BJP member Jyotiraditya Scindia said that the three laws were brought so that farmers could progress. He said that the country got political independence about 70 years ago but the farmers could not get their real freedom.
He said that there have been 11 interactions with farmers and the government has also talked about postponing the law for 18 months. Scindia attacked the Congress in that order and said that the party had promised agricultural reforms in its election manifesto in 2019. Taking part in the discussion, senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh
It is said that we promised these agricultural reforms in our manifesto. But the truth is that we had demanded to send these Bills to the Select Committee.
Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan intervened in the discussion, saying that the government would provide an additional income of one lakh crore rupees to the farmers and this amount would come from converting waste into energy. Referring to the farmers’ movement, Congress’s Dependra Singh Hooda said that today is the 72nd day of this movement and 11 rounds of talks are inconclusive.
Derek O’Brien of the Trinamool Congress said that only the government is responsible for what happened in the capital Delhi on 26 January. Members of the Trinamool Congress kept a few moments of silence under the leadership of Derek O’Brien in honor of the farmers who had allegedly lost their lives during the movement. RJD member Manoj Jha said that there is a need to consider the issue of farmers above the party spirit.
Participating in the discussion, nominated member Swapan Dasgupta said that Punjab was particularly benefited from the Green Revolution in the country and it brought prosperity to the farmers there. But a large part of eastern India, including West Bengal, abstained from the benefits of that revolution. Aam Aadmi Party’s Sanjay Singh said that more than 100 farmers have lost their lives during the farmers’ agitation, but instead of taking away their trouble, they are being humiliated by calling them, terrorists. Vikas Ranjan of the CPI (M) said that the government should listen to the farmers and I do not think there is any problem in repealing the three agricultural laws.