Mumbai, Sept 28:
The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) President Sharad Pawar met the Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray in Mumbai and reportedly discussed about the controversial farm acts, whether these farm laws should be implemented or not in the state.
The Congress and the NCP leaders have already cleared their stand of not supporting the farm act and have said that they will not implement these acts in Maharashtra, where they share power with the Shiv Sena. However the Shiv Sena is yet to clear its stand. In view of this situation. Besides Pawar, Maharashtra Congress president Balasaheb Thorat also met Thackeray and demanded not to implement the farm acts in Maharashtra.
Thorat said that the present farm act is anti-farmers and pro-corporate that will create more land lords by giving enormous power to the corporate and private sector. “It will turn the farmers into slave on their own land. Besides, it has not given the guarantee of the minimum support price (MSP) and there is no provision of action against corporate if they fail to give MSP to farmers. We oppose this anti-farmer law,” Thorat said.
The Congress has also decided to meet Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari by organising a padyatra (a walk) from Mantralaya, the Government headquarter to Raj Bhavan in South Mumbai and submit a memorandum to him, on this issue.
Meanwhile, NCP chief Sharad Pawar congratulated to Sukhbir Singh Badal President of Shiromani Akali Dal for its decision of pulling out from the National Democratic Front. “Congratulations to @Akali_Dal_ and MP @HarsimratBadal_ who under the leadership of Hon. Shri Prakash Singh Badal pulled out of NDA in a protest to Farmers’ Bills. Thanks for firmly standing with the Farmers! @officeofssbadal’ Pawar tweeted.
While his party spokesperson Mahesh Tapase said, slowly but surely major NDA partners are now moving out of the NDA. “The BJP does not believe in the idea of consensus and is hell bent on taking ahead it’s capitalist agenda at the cost of farmers and labourers of the country. The BJP Government will soon hand over all key and even profit making PSUs to private players. The SAD has taken a conscious decision to walk out of the NDA and soon many more will follow”.
He added, “The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD)has shown the courage to expose the misruling of the BJP signaling the imminent collapse of the NDA in time to come. The people of the country are now waking up to all the false promises of the BJP. The Govt. under the leadership of PM Modi ji has failed to live up to the aspirations of the common man….”
The SAD quit the NDA on Saturday over the passage of the farm bills accusing the Centre of jeopardizing farmers’ ambitions. The SAD also claimed that the Centre has not paid adequate attention to the issues of Punjab.