Farmers Protest: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Punjab President Bhagwant Mann wrote an open letter to the MPs of all political parties on Friday. It urged to support the farmers and force the Center to repeal its agricultural laws.
The Sangrur MP, in his letter, said that farmers from Punjab and across the country have been fighting for the past one year against the “black agricultural laws” of the Centre. He alleged, “But the central government did not listen to their legitimate demands and did not show any seriousness.” Mann said that many farmers lost their lives since the start of the agitation. He wrote, “The time has come for the central government to take a decision and repeal the ‘black agricultural laws’ as per the demand of the farmers.”
The AAP MP wrote in the letter, “As the President and MP of the Aam Aadmi Party, Punjab as well as the son of a farmer, I urge all of you to unite on the issue of farmers and encourage the Narendra Modi-led central government to take this initiative.” I request you to force me to take a decision in this regard.
The AAP leader appealed to the MPs to raise their voice against the laws in the monsoon session of Parliament and said that the MPs should “avoid boycotts or walkouts during the session in view of appeals made by farmer unions”. Farmers are the backbone of our country and it is our responsibility to reach out to those who govern. Mann further said that he would raise several questions regarding agricultural laws in the Lok Sabha with the permission of the Speaker during the monsoon session of Parliament.
The AAP leader said, “I urge all the political parties, including the Trinamool Congress and the Samajwadi Party, which raise the voice of the people, to rise above politics and take the issue of farmers seriously.”
Bhagwant Mann’s letter comes at a time when the United Kisan Morcha on Wednesday said it has urged all MPs in Parliament during the Monsoon Session to abolish agricultural laws and demand a legal guarantee on the Minimum Support Price (MSP). People’s Whip’ is released. The agitating farmers have said that from July 22 till the end of the monsoon session, they will protest peacefully outside the Parliament.
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