Sonia Asks Congress-Ruled States To Override Farm Laws
As various farmer groups and opposition parties throughout the country protest the controversial farm laws, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi is reported to have directed all Congress-run states to mull options to override the new farm laws.
Congress Rajya Sabha MP KC Venugopal said that the Congress ruled states have been directed to pass new laws to override the centre’s farm laws. “The Congress President has asked party-ruled states to explore the possibilities to pass laws in their respective states under Article 254(2) of the Constitution, which allows the state legislatures to pass laws to override central laws that then go for President’s assent,” Venugopal said in a statement.
Calling the farm laws as draconian, the Congress has asserted that since agriculture is a state subject, the Union government cannot pass laws on it. “This will enable the states to negate the unacceptable anti-farmers’ provisions in the three draconian agricultural laws, that will lead to abolition of MSPs and disruption of APMCs in Congress-ruled states, and save the farmers from grave injustice done by the central govt,” Venugopal added.
The farmer protests have rocked Congress-ruled Punjab the most, with the SAD withdrawing support from the centre over the issue. Earlier today, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh held a sit-in protest and announced that the Punjab government might move Supreme Court against the laws. Congress MP TN Prathapan has already moved the Supreme Court on the issue.