Opposition to meet President at 5 pm on farm bills amid parliament boycott

New Delhi: Amid protests over contentious Farm Bills, President Ram Nath Kovind will meet Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, the leader of the opposition in the Rajya Sabha, today at 5 PM. The meeting comes a day after the opposition parties boycotted parliament.

On Tuesday, opposition leaders boycotted parliament in protest over the three bills related to the agriculture sector and suspension of eight MPs over chaos and “unruly behaviour” in the Rajya Sabha on Sunday.

Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad had spelt out three demands – government should bring a bill which ensures private players don’t procure food grains below a minimum support price or MSP fixed by the government, MSP be based on the recommendations of the MS Swaminathan committee report, the Food Corporation of India should ensure that crops are procured from farmers at the fixed MSP. He also stressed on the revocation of suspension of the eight Rajya Sabha members, including Trinamool Congress’s Derek O’Brien, Aam Aadmi Party’s Sanjay Singh, Congress’s Rajeev Satav and CPM’s KK Ragesh.

“We will consider revoking suspension only after the suspended Rajya Sabha members apologise for their behaviour,” Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters on Tuesday. Leader of the House in the Rajya Sabha, Thawar Chand Gehlot, too made the same point.

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