President Kovind gives assent for contentious farm bills amid all India protests

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President Ram Nath Kovind on Sunday signed his assent to the three farm bills passed by the parliament in the monsoon sessions. The contentious bills have drawn widespread criticism from farmers and the opposition, both of whom have protested against them over the last week across the country.

Earlier today, the Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh Bhupesh Baghel had made a statement addressing the President asking him to withhold his assent to the farm bills amid the protests. He alleged that the Parliament, in particular, the Rajya Sabha had passed the bills unconstitutionally. Baghel further demanded that the Modi government retract the “black legislations” and ensure that the country returns to “one nation, one market and one price.”

The agitation against the bills culminated in the Amritsar-Delhi railway track protest, as farmers from Punjab continued to raise slogans against the BJP-led Centre. The protest has been organised by the Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee, which has continued its sit in that began last Wednesday. The union has stated that if the demands of the farmers are not fulfilled then the 13 Member Parliament from Punjab to should submit their resignation to the House Speakers with immediate effect.

There has been a pan-India sentiment among farmers that the new Bills seek to dismantle the minimum support price system which will leave the community vulnerable in times of distress. The opposition has further alleged that the Centre does not have the authority to create laws on matters of agriculture as the subject falls under the State list. It has demanded that the bills be withdrawn as they violate the constitutionally designated federal distribution of power between the Central and State governments. 

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