Former Haryana chief minister and Congress chief Bhupinder Singh Hooda spoke to Hindustan Instancesin regards to the ongoing farm agitation and his demand of bringing a no-confidence movement towards the state authorities within the meeting. Edited excerpts:
What do you suppose would be the affect of those protests by the farmers?
Earlier than this, there have been simply the Agricultural Produce Market Committe (APMC) markets. Now there are two — APMC market committee yards, and open market. The federal government could insist it is going to proceed to offer minimal assist costs (MSP), however exterior APMC, there is no such thing as a MSP. That is the primary concern of farmers. In August 2007, my authorities made guidelines below the APMC Act that nobody might buy lower than the MSP costs. For crops that are exterior MSP, it could possibly be at prevailing market charge. That is the primary concern of farmers.
The farmers need repeal of the legal guidelines. The federal government doesn’t need to do this. How do you suppose the problem will get resolved?
The federal government ought to simply agree. It’s a real demand and apprehension that they (farmers) could also be exploited by corporates. When the crops come, the charges can be low-cost, as there could also be hoarding.
There isn’t any restrict for hoarding now, even for important commodities. If they’re free to hoard, costs will rise in accordance to demand and provide. I feel it wants a fourth regulation that anybody who purchases much less than MSP must be punished by regulation.
The federal government says farmers are being misled, and that the protests are solely in your state and in Punjab.
That isn’t true. Even in different states, farmers are protesting as they’re fearful about MSP. They’re coming to protest from Rajasthan, from western UP, and no political events are collaborating in it. Farmers are main the protests, however we assist their demand.
What do you suppose would be the fallout of this in Haryana? Do you suppose the BJP-JJP authorities is in hassle?
That’s why the Congress is asking the Governor to name an pressing meeting session. We can be bringing in a no-confidence movement towards this authorities as this authorities has completely did not deal with this example. They aren’t even supporting folks coming to Delhi. They don’t have any proper to cease them from coming to the Capital of the nation. Throughout this corona interval, for them to make use of water cannons or tear fuel on farmers, that isn’t appropriate. One of many Haryana ministers mentioned the protests are international funded. That is an insult to farmers and the nation.
Are there folks within the Jannayak Janata Get together who’re very sad about what’s taking place?
That’s why we’re planning to deliver no-confidence vote. We need to expose their double discuss – on one hand supporting the federal government and on the opposite, they’re issuing statements for farmers. The 2 impartial MLAs have already withdrawn assist from the federal government, so the federal government has misplaced the boldness of the meeting.
Has there been any contact, any dialogue between you and Dushyant Chautala or anybody in Chautala household?
No. There are different MLAs additionally feeling upset, they usually discuss, however no dialog with Mr Chautala. When this authorities was fashioned in Haryana, I mentioned ‘vote kisi ko, assist kisi ko (meaning vote for somebody, assist to another person)’. That has come true now.
You managed a win within the bypoll of Baroda constituency at a time when your social gathering did badly in Gujarat, MP and naturally, Bihar. Is there one thing you’re doing in a different way?
That was a sort of referendum towards the state authorities. That’s why I say that the federal government has misplaced credibility.
Final query. You might be one of many 23 signatories to a letter to the Congress president. Have your issues been addressed?
I don’t focus on inside issues of the social gathering in public or the press.