Published On: Fri, Jan 22nd, 2021

Parliament was denied opportunity to examine farm laws: Sonia Gandhi

New Delhi: Congress interim chief Sonia Gandhi on Friday slammed the Centre on the farmers’ issue. During a crucial Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting here, she said it was abundantly clear that the three farm laws were prepared in ‘haste and Parliament was consciously denied an opportunity to examine in any meaningful detail the implications and impact’.

The government has inflicted untold suffering on the people of our country

She said the government has shown ‘shocking insensitivity and arrogance while going through the charade of consultations’.

Speaking at the CWC meeting, Sonia Gandhi said, “Parliament will reconvene in a week’s time. It is the Budget session of course. But there are so many pressing issues of public concern that need to be debated and discussed fully. Whether the government will agree, however, remains to be seen.”

Discussing the farmers agitation over the three farm laws, which has been going on for past 58 days at several borders of the national capital, the Congress leader said, “The agitation of the farmers continues and the government has shown shocking insensitivity and arrogance while going through the charade of consultations.”

Launching a tirade against the government over the way in which the three farm laws were passed, Sonia Gandhi said her party’s position on the farm laws has been very clear from the very beginning. “We reject them categorically because they will destroy the foundations of food security that are based on the three pillars of MSP, public procurement and public distribution system (PDS),” she said.

Discussing the Covid vaccination, which started on January 16, the Congress leader said that vaccination of the courageous frontline health professionals and workers has begun and “we certainly hope that the process will continue and be completed to the fullest extent”.

“The government has inflicted untold suffering on the people of our country by the manner in which it has managed the Covid-19 pandemic. It will take years for the scars to heal,” she said.

Sonia Gandhi also raised the economic issue and said that the economic situation remains grim and large parts of the economy like MSME and the informal sector have been decimated with the government refusing to extend a lifeline.

“When public expenditure has to be carefully prioritised, it is very painful to find huge amounts of money being allocated and spent on initiatives that can only be described as ‘personal vanity projects’,” she said.

She also targeted the government over the weakening of the labour and environmental laws and moving ahead with selling off of carefully built-up public assets.

“Panic privatisation has gripped the government and this is something that the Congress party can never accept and support,” she said.

Sonia Gandhi also said that the party has started preparing for the forthcoming Assembly elections in some states.

“Meanwhile, the schedule and modalities for the organisational elections too has to get the CWC’s approval,” she said.

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