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Before the budget session, the opposition decides to attend the all-party meeting called by Prime Minister Modi | India News


NEW DELHI: Before Parliament’s next budget session, the opposition parties are likely to meet to decide whether they will attend the usual all-party meeting, called Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 30, or not.
Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) senior leader and former MP Prem Singh Chandumajra said the parties that have extended their support for the farmers’ agitation will decide whether they want to attend or boycott the meeting over the ongoing protest against farm laws.
“We can meet on January 28 or January 29 or an hour before the meeting (meeting of all parties). Whether to attend or boycott it, the decision will be made at the meeting,” Chandumajra told ANI. The meeting is likely to take place virtually.
A meeting of all parties is held before the start of each parliamentary session to ensure that the Houses run smoothly.
The SAD leader also met with BJP ally Janata Dal (United) to seek their support in the demand to repeal farm laws.
Chandumajra reported that SAD leaders have approached both the Opposition and the allies of the BJP to address the issue of “destruction of the federal structure by not allowing the states to spend multiple heads in the budget.”
He also welcomed the Center’s proposal to suspend farm laws for a year and a half and to form a committee with the government and farmers’ unions as members.
However, the SAD leader stated that the government should not delay the repeal of these three laws.
Anticipating a stormy start to the budget session amid ongoing farmer turmoil, several Union ministers gathered at the residence of Defense Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday to devise a strategy to counter the opposition.
Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi and Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Arjun Ram Meghwal, Foreign Minister S Jaishankar and Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Thawarchand Gehlot, were present at the meeting.
While the next meeting between farmers and the government is scheduled for January 22, the committee appointed by the Supreme Court is also expected to speak with farmers today.
The Apex Court has held the three farm laws in abeyance for two months until the committee presents its report.
Farmers have been protesting on different borders of the national capital since November 26, 2020, against agricultural laws: the Trade in Agricultural Products and Trade (Promotion and Facilitation) Act of 2020, the Farmers Agreement (Empowerment and Protection ) on Price Assurance and Agriculture. Services Act 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act 2020.

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