Prime Minister Narendra Modi will chair a virtual all-party meet on Saturday (January 30) to put forth the agenda of the budget session. The opposition parties are expected to demand a discussion on the farmers’ agitation against the three new farm laws. Usually, parliamentary meetings were held before the start of any Parliamentary session to ensure the smooth functioning of the session. However, this year they are being held after the session has started.
The session has already seen a rocky start as 19 opposition parties boycotted the Presidential address. The demand for discussing the farmers’ issue has already been raised at an all-party meet that was chaired by Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla.
Birla had said that the government had allocated appropriate time for the farmers’ issue in the session, and the opposition parties can have discussions during the allocated period.
Meanwhile, farmer protests are ongoing at the various borders of the national capital. The protesting farmers are demanding the repeal of The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020, and the Essential Commodities Act (ECA).