Hyderabad, Oct.1 : Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) President & MP N. Uttam Kumar Reddy demanded that Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao convene a special session of Legislative Assembly to pass a unanimous resolution against the three new ‘anti-farmers’ laws introduced by the BJP Government at the Centre. Further, Uttam Kumar Reddy asked the Chief Minister to pass new laws in the State Legislature under Article 254(2) of the Constitution to override the Central laws.
Addressing a press conference through Zoom video-conference on Thursday, Uttam Kumar Reddy announced that the Congress party would organise massive protests before the statues of Mahatma Gandhi or District Collectorates across Telangana State on Friday as part of nationwide agitation demanding withdrawal of controversial agricultural laws. He asked the party cadre to participate in large numbers to make the program a huge success.
The TPCC Chief strongly suspected the sincerity of Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao in opposing the three new agricultural laws. He said that the Chief Minister’s opposition to the new laws was an eye-wash and he was still backing Prime Minister Narender Modi as he had done in the past. To prove his honesty and commitment towards the farmers of Telangana, CM KCR should immediately convene a special session of Legislative Assembly not only to pass a unanimous resolution, but also to pass State laws to override the contentious new laws of BJP Government at the Centre. He said CM KCR should emulate the Congress-ruled States in opposing the new Central laws.
Stating that the agriculture and trade were State subjects, Uttam alleged that the Modi Government was trying to encroach upon the rights of the States through implementation of new agricultural laws. However, he said both BJP Government at the Centre and TRS Govt in Telangana were implementing anti-farmer laws. He reminded that the previous Congress-led UPA Government at the Centre and Congress Govt in the then united Andhra Pradesh had waived off crop loans in a single take to help the farmers. Further, he said farmers were also given interest free loans, quality and free power besides ensuring MSP (Minimum Support Price) for their produce.
He reiterated that there was no mention of Minimum Support Price (MSP) to the farmers in the new law and no provision has been made to regulate contract farming. He said that the new laws also scrapped the system of market yards where farmers sell their produce to FCI or to other agencies. Now farmers would have no option but sell their produce to the private entities at prices lesser than the MSP as the new law does not mandate that the contract price should be above MSP.
Besides holding protests at all District Headquarters on October 2 (Gandhi Jayanthi), Uttam Kumar Reddy said that the Congress party would also launch a signature campaign against the new laws. He said that the Congress party plans to collect nearly two crore signatures from across the country and they would be submitted to President Ramnath Kovind by Congress president Sonia Gandhi on November 14.
The TPCC Chief also asked the party cadre to participate in the enrolment of voters for Hyderabad-Ranga Reddy-Mahabubnagar and Nalgonda-Khammam-Warangal Graduate Constituencies of Telangana Legislative Council. He also appealed to the graduates of these districts (undivided) to enrol themselves in the voter lists.
Uttam Kumar Reddy said that the Congress party was all set to win the Dubbak by-elections as there was resentment among people towards TRS Government. He said that the party would name its candidate by Friday or Saturday. He also asked the party cadre to gear up for civic polls in Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), Khammam and Warangal corporations. He said that the Congress leaders and workers must make the preparations on war footing basis.
Reddy also alleged that corruption was at its peak in Telangana. Citing instances, he said that the Anti-Corruption Bureau had seized over one crore bribe amounts from one Tashilar while a similar amount was recovered from an Additional Collector. He said these arrests only signify the level of corruption at the Chief Minister’s level. He said that KCR Govt was trying to survive only through media management and by misusing police force against the opposition parties. He said people have realised that now time has to teach KCR a fitting lesson in next elections.
The press conference was also addressed by All India Kisan & Mazdoor Congress Vice President M. Kodanda Reddy. He said that former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi brought the Green Revolution while Lal Bahadur Shashtri gave the slogan of ‘Jai Jawaan, Jai Kisaan’. He said former PM Dr. Manmohan Singh, under the leadership of Sonia Gandhi, introduced a revolutionary Land Compensation Act to protect the interest of farmers in the country. However, he alleged that the Modi Govt has introduced new agricultural laws to mortgage the interest of farmers into the hands of a few corporates. (NSS)