Tejashwi Yadav says unemployment, “corporatization of agriculture” key issues in Bihar


These bills will deprive farmers of their financial safety net, Tejashwi Yadav said (File)


As the Center rolls out a series of development projects for Bihar ahead of the Assembly elections, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav said on Sunday that “grandiose public relations exercises” are a poor substitute for governance, and that the real problems of the elections would be unemployment, “the corporatization of agriculture” and the handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In an interview with PTI, Mr. Yadav also claimed that it is “undisputed and resolved” that the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) is the “natural leader of the” mahagathbandhan “(great alliance)” and that the sharing of seats will be soon settled. .

Hitting the Modi government on the issue of the three agricultural bills, the opposition leader in the Bihar Assembly said the RJD has always fought for farmers’ rights and will fight tooth and nail against it. “corporatization of agriculture”. sector”.

“These bills will deprive farmers of their financial safety net which has been safeguarded by provisions like public procurement and the MSP (minimum support price),” Yadav said.

Why did a Union cabinet minister resign if the bills were not “anti-farmer”, he asked, referring to Shiromani Akali Dal chief Harsimrat Kaur Badal, who resigned from cabinet last week on the issue of farm bills.

The opposition denounced the government over the Essential Products Bill (Amendment), the Agricultural Trade and Trade Bill (Promotion and Facilitation) and the Farmers Agreement (Empowerment and Protection ) on price insurance and agricultural services, alleging they are anti-farmer, a claim the government has denied, stressing that they will be beneficial to the agricultural sector.

Claiming his party will fight Bihar polls on population issues, Yadav said it would be an election between “unemployed youth, pro-democracy and pro-constitution forces against an authoritarian regime , divisor and anti-constitution “.

“Bihar is the country of revolutionary political movements like Champaran Satyagraha, and I am sure that this election will be a watershed moment in the current political discourse plagued by authoritarianism,” said the former deputy chief minister of Bihar.


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