Boycotting President’s address doesn’t mean insulting him: Congress

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  • We’re standing with farmers & demanding that farm laws be taken back. It’s our biggest reason behind boycotting the Address, said Congress MP, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury.
  • President Kovind backed the farm laws saying these bills were passed after extensive deliberations and over 10 crore small farmers were immediately benefited from it.

After 18 opposition parties boycotted President Ram Nath Kovind’s address to the joint sitting of Parliament, Congress MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury stated on Friday that the boycott didn’t mean any insult to the president. He also added that the opposition leaders will debate when there will be a motion of thanks and debate.

“Boycotting President’s Address doesn’t mean insulting him. We’re standing with farmers & demanding that farm laws be taken back. It’s our biggest reason behind boycotting the Address. We’ll debate when there is a Motion of Thanks and debate,” Chowdhury was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

On Thursday, all the opposition parties announced that they will be boycotting the address to express solidarity to the farmers who are protesting against the 3 controversial farm laws laid by the central government in September. The oppositions have also demanded an independent investigation into the Centre’s role in the R-Day tractor rally violence.

Meanwhile, Union parliamentary affairs minister Prahlad Joshi asserted to the opposition parties to discuss the president’s address or any other problem they had inside the Parliament rather than protesting outside. He appealed to the oppositions to at least respect the President’s office, stating, “Let the left parties march to the parliament in protest, but after the protest, they should come to the house.”

President Kovind backed the farm laws during his address at the Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha saying that these bills were passed after extensive deliberations. He noted that over 10 crore small farmers were immediately getting benefit from it. However, the 3 agricultural laws are currently put on pause by the Supreme Court and the president said that the Centre respects the apex court’s decision.

“These agricultural reforms started benefitting more than 10 crore small farmers immediately. Many political parties had given full support to these reforms from time to time only after realising these benefits to small farmers,” the president said adding that the Centre had decided to provide minimum support price (MSP) one-and-a-half time more than the cost, following the recommendations of the Swaminathan Commission.

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