Tamil Nadu CM Palaniswami should 'apologise' to farmers for support to farm bills: DMK chief MK Stalin

Stalin claimed history will not forgive Palaniswami for taking pride in saying he was a farmer and yet supporting the 'anti-farmer' farm bills.

Published: 20th September 2020 09:20 PM  |   Last Updated: 20th September 2020 09:20 PM   |  A+A-

DMK president MK Stalin

DMK president MK Stalin (Photo | EPS)


CHENNAI: DMK president MK Stalin on Sunday demanded that Chief Minister K Palaniswami "apologise" to farmers for supporting the farm bills of the BJP led government at the Centre, alleging these only protected corporates.

On Palaniswami's argument that farmers would be protected from price fall, he said provisions like third party certification for quality of farm produce were aimed at "protecting corporate companies" and not to safeguard the interests of farmers.

The bills that have been passed would not only control inter-state trade, but also those within the states, he alleged, seeking to rebut the Chief Minister's statement that neither farmers markets nor regulated markets shall see any adverse effects.

"These laws are detrimental to farmers market and regulated markets as well," Stalin claimed in a statement.

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Referring to the Chief Minister's statement that Punjab opposed the initiative due to revenue loss and the scenario there does not match with that of Tamil Nadu, the DMK chief asked why Palaniswami did not argue on the revenue aspect for the state.

Stalin claimed "history will not forgive" Palaniswami for taking pride in saying he was a farmer and yet supporting the "anti-farmer" and "pro-corporate" farm bills of the BJP-led Centre.

AIADMK's Rajya Sabha MP SR Balasubramoniyan opposed the Bills and this was "comical" after the party's support to it, he said.

"The only option open to the Chief Minister is to apologise to the farmers, befitting the stature of his office," he said.

On Saturday, Chief Minister Palaniswami asserted that the bills would benefit farmers from unexpected price fall and accused the DMK of opposing them for political reasons.

EXPLAINED: What are the new Agri Bills and why farmers are unhappy

Today, the Rajya Sabha passed the Farmer's Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020, and the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020.

A third bill, the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, 2020 that seeks to remove commodities like cereals, pulses, oilseeds, onion, and potatoes from the list of essential commodities and will do away with the imposition of stock holding limits, is to be moved separately in the upper house.

All three bills have already been passed by the Lok Sabha.


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