Rajya Sabha has cleared the farm bill which was among two of three big tickets of the government. The action saw an unprecedented uproar and drama on Sunday that was not so in the decorum of the parliament. The opposition claimed the government did not have the numbers of there was a rampant violation of rules that helped the BJP.
Trinamool Congress’s Derek O’Brien said “This does not end here” and termed it as “murder of democracy”. The opposition MPs sat in protest inside the house for a while, and later, 47 of them moved against Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman Harivansh Singh.
The bill was passed in Rajya Sabha by voice vote and the rule brokers gave it a safe side instead of stopping the action.
Trinamool Congress’s Derek O’Brien tweeted “They cheated. They broke every rule in Parliament. It was a historic day. In the worst sense of the word. They cut RSTV feed so the country couldn’t see. They censored RSTV. Don’t spread propaganda. We have evidence.”
The opposition which lacked the numbers to block the bills had demanded that the bills be sent to a select committee for further discussion. The problems started when Deputy Chairman said the opposition resolution was negated and moved to pass the bills by voice vote. The opposition demanded physical voting, pointing out that they were sitting in parliament. When the Chair refused, they rushed to the Well of the House, attempted to tear up the rule book, and tried to snatch Deputy Chairman’s microphone.
Congress’s Ghulam Nabi Azad said, “Mahabharata has broken out inside parliament.” In the telecast opposition, MP’s can be seen recording the moment on their phones; drawing a repeated rebuke from the chair. Insisting that the rules were not being followed, Mr O’Brien; whose point of order was not accepted said, “This is a brutal murder of the Parliamentary democratic system.”
Seeing all this happen, the house adjourned immediately for 10 minutes and after it resumed; the voice vote took place amid repeated slogans from the opposition; who again parked themselves in the Well of the House.
In the morning, while introducing the bill, the government had the bills are “historic”. The BJP insists that the Farmer’s Produce Trade and Commerce Bill; and the Price Assurance and Farm Service Bill, will bring a change in the lives of the farmers.
After all this, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted “For decades; the Indian farmer was bound by various constraints and bullied by a middleman. The bills passed by Parliament liberate the farmers from such adversities. These bills will add impetus to the efforts to double the income of farmers and ensure greater prosperity for them.”
In another tweet, he says “I said it earlier and I say it once again: System of MSP will remain. Government procurement will continue. We are here to serve our farmers. We will do everything possible to support them and ensure a better life for their coming generations.”