Under Congress pressure, Maharashtra govt withdraws August order to implement farm bills
Mumbai/IBNS: After dilemma over its August order to implement the new farm laws passed by the Centre, Uddhav Thackeray-led Maharashtra government withdrew it following its alliance partner Congress's threat to boycott the Cabinet meeting and Nationalist Congress Party's (NCP) continuous protest against the legislation, said media reports.
Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has been protesting against the new farm laws, terming them “anti-farmer” and last week Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar had announced that the state government will not implement them in the state.
On Monday, Congress Chief Sonia Gandhi had asked the states ruled by the party to explore all possibilities under the Constitution’s Article 254(2) to bring in legislation to circumvent the “anti-agricultural laws” and to prevent the “grave injustice” being done to farmers.
Earlier, Maharashtra Congress chief Balasaheb Thorat had claimed that all the three alliance partners of Maha Vikas Aghadi government of Maharashtra oppose the new farm laws.
The parties were to discuss the issue of negating the Centre’s move in the Cabinet meeting which is being held today, said media reports.
President Ram Nath Kovind on Sunday last gave his assent to three farm bills that were passed by the Indian Parliament amid protests and boycott by the Opposition last week.