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Amid Protests, Big Test For Farm Bills In Rajya Sabha Today: 10 Points

The farm payments will assist farmers get a greater worth for his or her produce, the federal government says. (File)

New Delhi:
Three agriculture-related payments, which have been handed within the Lok Sabha amid farmer protests and opposition walk-outs, shall be taken up within the Rajya Sabha right this moment. The Congress-led opposition is attempting to cobble collectively the numbers to shoot down the three items of laws, which it says is “anti-farmer”. The ruling BJP, with help from its NDA allies and some “friendly” events, is predicted to have the benefit if the payments are put to vote. The passage of the payments within the Lower House had led to the exit of sole consultant of BJP’s long-time ally Akali Dal from the Union Cabinet. The payments have stirred large protests in agriculture-dependent states the place farmers worry lack of livelihood.

Here are the highest 10 factors on this massive story:

  1. The three payments are – the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill; the Farmers Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill; and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill. Almost all opposition events are demanding that the payments needs to be despatched to pick committee of the House.

  2. The BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) is predicted to have round 105 votes within the Upper House which has a present absolute energy of 243. Two seats are vacant and the bulk mark is ready at 122. The Congress-led opposition ought to have round 100. Around 32 MPs from numerous events – such because the YSR Congress, AIADMK and the BJD – are prone to play a vital position right this moment.

  3. BJP has issued a three-line whip to all of its Rajya Sabha MPs to be current within the House. “Agriculture bills are for the benefit of farmers and they will pass from Rajya Sabha also,” a BJP Rajya Sabha MP mentioned. The BJP, by itself, has 86 members or votes. With its NDA allies, it could actually depend on 105. It can not, nevertheless, depend on three Akali MPs, who’ve been given a three-line whip to vote towards the payments, signalling a U-turn for a celebration that originally supported the legal guidelines. Despite this, the BJP believes it’s in pole place to win any vote which may be referred to as on the farm payments.

  4. The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), which has beforehand lent issue-based help to the federal government, has requested its seven members to vote towards the payments. TRS chief Ok Chandrasekhar Rao has termed these legislations as “sugar-coated pills” that may do a whole lot of injustice to the farm sector within the nation.

  5. 10 MPs have examined constructive for coronavirus and won’t be within the Rajya Sabha right this moment. An extra 15 MPs, together with the Congress’s P Chidambaram – who on Saturday morning hit out at PM Modi over the payments – won’t attend on well being grounds. This ought to assist the BJP because it brings down the bulk mark. AIADMK with 9 MPs has already introduced its help for the farm payments.

  6. The Congress-led opposition, however – which incorporates 13 Trinamool Congress MPs and 7 from the DMK – shall be on the again foot going into right this moment’s face-off. The Congress itself has 40 seats and may depend on a couple of others – such because the BSP (4 seats), the Samajwadi Party (eight seats) and Delhi’s ruling AAP (three seats).

  7. In extra bother for the Opposition, the Shiv Sena – with whom the Congress has fashioned a tripartite authorities in Maharashtra – has mentioned its three MPs will help the payments regardless of a spectacular fall-out with the BJP after Assembly elections final yr. The BJP, sources added, has additionally reached out to the NCP – the third member of that alliance – which has 4 seats.

  8. The authorities has mentioned the payments will assist small and marginal farmers by empowering them to promote their produce at aggressive costs anyplace in India. The farmers are involved that this eliminates the Minimum Support Price (MSP). On Friday, Prime Minister Modi hit out at a “misinformation” marketing campaign by the opposition over the MSP.

  9. Since the Modi authorities assumed workplace for its second time in 2019, opposition events haven’t been in a position to stall any of its main payments as a consequence of an increase within the ranks of treasury benches and a corresponding fall within the opposition ranks.

  10. The monsoon session of the parliament is predicted to be lower brief due to fears over the coronavirus pandemic. The Lok Sabha is prone to wrap up by Wednesday and the Rajya Sabha will comply with go well with. Twenty-five MPs (10 from the Rajya Sabha) have examined constructive for the virus to this point, resulting in fears it might unfold additional nonetheless.

With inputs from companies

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