Attacking the Center for farmers’ protest against the three farm laws, Congressional leader Shashi Tharoor said Sunday that the government has failed the nation and the farmers.
Tharoor joined the protest by Punjab party MPs in Jantar Mantar on Sunday.
Speaking to ANI, Tharoor said: “The government has failed the nation and the farmers. Why did they pass the laws in such a hurry without consulting the stakeholders?”
“The winter session should have normally taken place by the third week of November,” added Tharoor.
When asked what the way forward is, the congressional deputy said: “I think the government should now give farmers some guarantees. Farmers are insisting that the laws be withdrawn. If technically they (the government) feel that they can suspend its application for now pending discussions, that they suspend it, convene a winter session of Parliament. Parliament has the authority to withdraw the laws, they can also speak with the unions.
“The government must realize that in a democracy, you cannot advance with a bulldozer. We are here for democracy and the rights of the people,” he added.
Meanwhile, the agitation of farmers entered today the 18th, with their call to block the Delhi-Jaipur highway.
Farmers protest the recently enacted Trade and Trade in Agricultural Products (Promotion and Facilitation) Act 2020; Farmers Agreement (Empowerment and Protection) on Price Guarantee and Agricultural Services Law, 2020; and Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act 2020.