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Oppn MPs meet President over farm laws

New Delhi/Chandigarh, July 31 (UNI): A delegation of MPs, led by former Union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal, on Saturday met President Ram Nath Kovind and urged him to advise the NDA government to constitute a Joint Select Committee to resolve all flash points, including repealing of the three agriculture laws, in the ongoing parliament session.

The restricted number of MPs who called on the President due to Covid protocols included Balwinder Singh Bhundur, Ritesh Pandey (BSP), Hasnain Masoodi (J&K National Conference) and Faizal Mohammad (NCP). MPs from seven parties signed the memorandum which was submitted to the President.

Briefing newsmen about the meeting, Badal said the delegation also apprised the President that family members of farmers who had been martyred during the ongoing Kisan Andolan wanted to meet him and urged him to give them an audience.

She also apprised the President that the sentiments of martyr families had been wounded by the recent intemperate statement of agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar that the Centre did not have any record about farmer deaths during the Kisan Andolan. She said this statement was being seen as an attempt to belittle the Kisan Andolan and its martyrs.

Stating that it did not behove of an elected government to adopt a heartless attitude towards its farmers, Ms Badal said the delegation apprised the President that opposition parties including the SAD had moved repeated adjournment motions to demand a discussion on repeal of the three agriculture laws but they were not allowed.

“We urged the President to advise the government to give time to the opposition to raise the demand for repeal of the farm laws on Monday itself,” she said.

She also appealed to all parties to leave their differences and unite as one to demand repealing of the farm laws.

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