Cong protests in LS against Modi govt's farm policies

Cong protests in LS against Modi govt's farm policies

Holding food grains in their hands, Congress lawmakers on Thursday ramped up protests in Parliament against the Modi government's policies for the farm sector.

Congress members of Lok Sabha gathered at the Parliament gates with a sackful of food grains and raised slogans against the Modi government which is set to face its first no-confidence motion in the lower house on Friday.

Congress lawmakers Rajeev Satav, Sunil Jakhar, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Sushmita Dev, Gurdip singh Aujla, K C Venugopal, K H Muniyappa, S P Muddahanumegowda among others took part in the protests.

Congress leaders plan to corner the Modi government on the issue of agrarian distress and the “betrayal of the promise” of implementing the Swaminathan formula while fixing the minimum support price.

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi had promised 50% profit over the cost of production for farmers. Four years have passed and the farmers are still waiting for the promise to be fulfilled,” Congress leader Rajeev Satav said.

Former union minister Jyotiraditya Scindia said Modi had promised to implement the C2 formula for fixing MSP, but in reality the government used a different methodology to fix the support price for farmers.

“Farmers will bring down this deaf and dumb government,” Scindia told reporters on the sidelines of the protests.

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