It is being said that the BJP has also reached out to several regional parties in order to get their support for the bills.
Amid the uproar and slogan-shouting, the Deputy Chairman put the two bills - Farmer's Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020, and the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020 - for approval through voice vote.
The Bills were passed by voice vote in the Upper House.
However, the opposition leaders launched scathing attacks on the government, calling the legislation "black law" and "pro-corporate". The policy insures farmers against any sharp fall in prices of their agricultural produce.
With respect to the industrial relations code, he said it severely restricts the right of workers to strike and also allows state or central governments to amend the threshold for applicability relating to layoffs and retrenchment. "We are here to serve our farmers". He said, the Bills are against the farmers of Punjab, Haryana and Western Uttar Pradesh. Biju Janata Dal MP Amar Patnaik said the Bills had good intent but ignored the implementation problems.
The bills also make contract farming easier by providing a new set of rules. "This is a welcome step".
Participating in the Parliament debate, former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda, now a lawmaker, asked Modi to explain the short- and long-term impact of the bills on farmers. "For decades, the Indian farmer was bound by various constraints and bullied by middlemen".
Gangwar noted that the government engaged in wider consultations over these bills with various stakeholders and that more than 6,000 comments were received online on the bills. He said, farmers and their unions are protesting across the country against these Bills and the government should reconsider its decisions.
While the Rajya Sabha sits from 9 am to 1 pm daily, the LS sits from 3 pm to 7 pm.
Union ministers Rajnath Singh, Prakash Javadekar, Pralhad Joshi, Piyush Goyal, Thawarchand Gehlot and Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi held a press conference to hit out at opposition members, with Singh asserting that such conduct was not expected in a healthy democracy.
On account of COVID protocols, both houses assemble at different times these days to enable enough seats for MPs who are mandated to follow the two-yard social distancing measure. But the demonstrations against the bills continued inside the Rajya Sabha even after the session ended as Singh did not agree for a division of votes. Once the President gives assent, they will become law.
"Since the MPs of various parties have been allotted seats in Rajya Sabha, which is now disrupted, we urge the chair to adjourn the Lok Sabha until Rajya Sabha situation normalises", Congress leader in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said, asking for a two-hour adjournment.