Kamal Nath claimed “the RSS and therefore the Bharatiya Jana Sangh were votaries of privatisation since the beginning”.
Madhya Pradesh Congress president Kamal Nath on January 7 alleged that the Centre wants to privatise the farm sector with its three new agri-marketing laws, which are being opposed by thousands of cultivators.
Talking to reporters in Bhopal while announcing the launch of his party’s protest against the govt and an awakening drive for farmers which can continue till January 23, Mr. Nath claimed “the RSS and therefore the Bharatiya Jana Sangh were votaries of privatisation since the beginning”.
“They [the two organisations] also opposed the nationalisation of banks administered by former Prime Minister Gandhi ,” the previous State Chief Minister claimed.
“The [present] government wants to privatise the farm sector with the three agri-marketing laws,” he alleged.
The farmers of Madhya Pradesh are simple and therefore the three new laws are against their interests, he claimed.
Thousands of are camping at several Delhi border points for over 40 days, demanding repeal of the new farm laws and a legal guarantee on minimum support price (MSP) for his or her crops, besides other issues.
“Our protest [against the government] for the farmers’ cause at various levels including blocks and districts across the State — will continue till January 23,” Mr. Nath said.
On January 15, a two-hour-long “chakka jam” (road blockades) are going to be held from noon across the state, he said.
The Congress would also hold a huge “kisan mahapanchyat” (farmers’ meet) on January 20 within the State’s Morena district, he said.
On January 23, farmers would gherao the Raj Bhawan (Governor’s house) in Bhopal over the demand for a repeal of the three new agri laws, the Congress veteran said.
The Congress will launch a farmers’ awakening programme from Chhindwara in Madhya Pradesh on January 16, the leader of opposition within the state Assembly said.
Mr. Nath said he will address his party’s first awareness meeting for farmers on January 16.
The party would hold such meetings at different places, he added.
Enacted in September, the three farm laws are projected by the Centre as major reforms within the agriculture sector which will remove the middlemen and permit farmers to sell their produce anywhere within the country.
However, the protesting farmers have expressed apprehension that the new laws would pave the way for eliminating the security cushion of the MSP and do away with the “mandi” (wholesale market) system, leaving them at the mercy of massive corporates
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