Sharad Pawar Questions Haste in Passing Farm Bills; Stands in Solidarity with Suspended MPs

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NCP President Sharad Pawar addresses a press conference, in Mumbai on Sep 9, 2020. — IANS

Deputy Chairman of the Upper House had not adhered to the rules and “the Rajya Sabha Members were expelled for expressing their opinion,” said Pawar

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MUMBAI — While addressing media persons in Mumbai on Tuesday, Nationalist Congress Party President Sharad Pawar announced a day’s token fast in support of the suspended Opposition MPs.

Sharad Pawar also asked why the government was in such a hurry to pass the Farm Bills.
“I have decided to abstain from food and fast today in solidarity with the protesting MPs agitation,” said Pawar, a Member of the Rajya Sabha, which witnessed a massive ruckus in the past two days followed by a boycott by the Opposition parties, reports IANS.

Senior politician and an experienced parliamentarian, Pawar said though well-intentioned, he had never seen Bills being passed in such a manner and questioned the haste, especially when the MPs had questions on the Farm Bills.

“Members wanted to ask more questions on the Bills. But, it appears they (the government) did not want any discussion. When the MPs did not get the response, they came to the well of the House,” Pawar pointed out.

Nationalist Congress chief also said the Deputy Chairman of the Upper House had not adhered to the rules and “the Rajya Sabha Members were expelled for expressing their opinion.”

The Opposition has alleged that the Deputy Chairman Harivansh — who was in the chair on Sunday — helped the government rush the Bills through the Upper House despite lacking the numbers and rejecting the Opposition parties’ demands for detailed discussions on the Farm Bills.

(With agency inputs)

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