AGENCIES, New Delhi: As the opposition parties continue their protest against the controversial farm Bills, which have cleared Parliament, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad will meet President Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday at 5 pm. The meeting between Azad, the leader of the opposition in the Rajya Sabha, and the President comes a day after the opposition parties boycotted Parliament.
On Tuesday, opposition leaders boycotted Parliament in protest over the three Bills related to the agriculture sector and suspension of eight MPs over chaos and “unruly behaviour” in the Rajya Sabha on Sunday when two of the three Bills were passed. The monsoon session of Parliament, which started after nearly five months of indefinite adjournment, is set to conclude eight days ahead of schedule over Covid concerns.
Amid high drama for the third day in a row, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad on Tuesday had spelt out three demands linked to the minimum support price (MSP) of crops on behalf of the opposition. The government should bring a Bill which ensures private players don’t procure food grains below the fixed MSP, MSP be based on the recommendations of the M.S. Swaminathan committee report and the Food Corporation of India should ensure that crops are procured from farmers at the fixed MSP, he had stressed.
The opposition also demanded revocation of suspension of the eight Rajya Sabha members, including Trinamool Congress’s Derek O’Brien, Aam Aadmi Party’s Sanjay Singh, Congress’s Rajeev Satav and CPM’s KK Ragesh. The suspended members continued their sit-in on the lawns of the Parliament complex on Tuesday till about 11.30 am after spending the night there in protest.