Hitting out at the government over the farm laws in the Lok Sabha, Congress Leader Rahul Gandhi said the intent of the laws is to end the mandi system and the Essential Commodities Act.
The three farm laws allow industrialists to buy unlimited quantity of food grains and hoard them, Mr Gandhi alleged, adding the laws will destroy India's food security system and hurt rural economy.
"This is not a farmers' agitation but of the country, the farmers only showing the way. Government will have to repeal the laws," he said.
Earlier, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh informed the Rajya Sabha that through sustained talks, both Indian and China have reached an agreement for disengagement on the north and west bank of Pangong Lake.
"It has also been agreed to convene the next meeting of the Senior Commanders within 48 hours after the complete disengagement in the Pangong Lake area so as to address and resolve all other remaining issues," the Defence Minister said.
As per the agreement reached by the two sides, India and China will withdraw the forward deployment in a phased and coordinated manner, the Defence Minister said.
Lok Sabha has witnessed "record productivity" over the past two days following resolution of logjam over the demand by opposition parties for a separate discussion on the new farm laws that had caused repeated disruptions last week.
Here are the Highlights on Parliament Budget Session 2021:
It is no acceptable for this gentleman (Rahul Gandhi) to discuss Budget in this House. Budget is to make India self-reliant, to connect India. Those who supported slogans calling for fragmentation of India can never support Budget dedicated to India: Union Min Smriti Irani in LS pic.twitter.com/1PMjpqBhJZ- ANI (@ANI) February 11, 2021
This Budget shows a hope - a hope to build new India, a hope for stronger India, a hope to build Aatmanirbhar Bharat. I would like to thank the Finance Minister because this is going to set the path to make India an economic & manufacturing powerhouse: MoS Finance Anurag Thakur pic.twitter.com/2btZ9Gff2J- ANI (@ANI) February 11, 2021
A senior MP was speaking before me, so I thought he must be knowing rules of this House & that if one issue has already been discussed, it is not discussed again. Secondly, I can understand that he was not prepared for Budget (to speak on it): MoS Finance Anurag Thakur in LS pic.twitter.com/CncCKrMHf3- ANI (@ANI) February 11, 2021
"The farmers and labourers of this nation will destroy you. You will never win against them. The farmers will not move an inch back... you will have to repeal these laws. You will lose in the end, that is certain," he said.
"These will finish the middlemen, ruin the farmers, have a devastating effect on small shopkeepers, small businessmen... it will be a massive blow to small and medium enterprise... and India's rural economy will be destroyed," he said.
" India will not be able to generate growth, generate jobs... all because the backbone of our nation will have been destroyed for the saying of 'Hum do, aur humaare do' and their benefit," he said.
Yesterday while addressing the House, PM said that the Opposition is talking about the agitation but not about the content and intent of Farm Laws. I thought I should make him happy today and speak on the content and intent of the laws: Congress MP Rahul Gandhi in Lok Sabha pic.twitter.com/P0WeB0W5G1- ANI (@ANI) February 11, 2021
Our Armed Forces responded to challenges by unilateral Chinese action & have shown valour & courage on both South & North bank of Pangong Tso. Many strategic points were identified & our troops positioned themselves at locations very important from our point of view: Defence Min pic.twitter.com/KsRfZ4KgCy- ANI (@ANI) February 11, 2021
Since last Sept, both sides (India & China) have maintained communication with each other through military & diplomatic channels. Our objective was to effect disengagement & maintain status quo along the LAC so as to restore peace and tranquillity: Defence Minister in Lok Sabha pic.twitter.com/Xam7jGhLZI- ANI (@ANI) February 11, 2021
This comes two days after the Chief Minister expanded his cabinet.
The JD(U) Chief had told news agency ANI on Wednesday that there was no problem regarding cabinet expansion and ministers were inducted based on recommendations of parties in the ruling alliance.
Mr Kumar, who is in the national capital, also said there has been no discussion on the induction of JD(U) nominees in the union cabinet.
"Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh will make a statement on ''Present Situation in Eastern Ladakh'' in Lok Sabha at 5.00 PM today," Office of the Raksha Mantri tweeted.
Earlier today, the Defence Minister informed the Rajya Sabha that through sustained talks, both Indian and China have reached an agreement for disengagement on the north and south bank of Pangong Lake.