Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Monday lashed out at opposition parties for “politicising” farm bills. At a hurriedly convened press conference at his official residence, the Chief Minister charged the Congress with indulging in “double speak”.
“The opposition parties are betraying the spirit of values, ideologies and principles in politics by unleashing anarchy in the name of opposing farm bills and extending support to Bharat Bandh call,” he said.
Yogi Adityanath said opposition parties which have backed the Bharat Bandh call on Tuesday “should apologise before the nation”.
Maintaining that the UPA government was in favour of amending the state APMC Acts, he questioned the opposition on why it had changed its stance at present. Moreover, the UP CM highlighted that the farm reform laws had already been deliberated in the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Agriculture where they were backed by these parties.
Thereafter, he called upon the opposition to apologise for misleading the farmers and trying to create instability in the country. It is pertinent to note that Congress, SP, BSP, TRS, NCP, Shiv Sena, AAP, NC, PDP and many other parties have extended their support to the Bharat Bandh call issued by the farmers on December 8.
UP CM Yogi Adityanath remarked, “Post-independence, these are revolutionary steps taken for the welfare of the farmers. Some political parties in the country are trying to disturb the atmosphere pertaining to the agrarian reform laws. The current stance of the political parties over the Model APMC Act highlights their doublespeak.
Congress-led UPA governed this country from 2004 to 2014. Political parties like NCP, Left, DMK, SP, BSP, TMC were either a part of the UPA government or were supporting it. During 2010-11, the then Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar sent letters to CMs that it is necessary to amend APMC Acts and that the Indian government is preparing a Model Act in this regard.”