Parliament News Updates: Rahul Gandhi speaks on ‘content’ of farm laws day after PM said Congress was discussing only colour of the Acts

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Updated: February 11, 2021 6:09:28 pm

Rajya Sabha News: Earlier in the day, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh informed the Parliament that India and China have agreed to disengage on the north and south banks of Pangong Lake. After this agreement, he said, India-China will remove forward deployments in a phased, coordinated manner. 

Rahul Gandhi in Lok Sabha

Parliament Proceeding News Updates: Former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi today spoke on “content an intent” of farm laws, a day after Prime Minister Modi said that the grand old party was discussing only the colour of the three legislations at the centre of months-long protests. “Yesterday while addressing the House, PM said that the Opposition is talking about the agitation but not about the content and intent of Farm Laws. I thought I should make him happy today and speak on the content and intent of the laws,” Gandhi said in Lok Sabha.

Gandhi said that the content of the first law is that one can have unlimited purchase of food grains, fruits and vegetables anywhere in the country. “If the purchase is unlimited anywhere in the country, then who would go to Mandis? The content of the first law is to finish the mandis,” he said.

On the second law, Gandhi said big businessmen can store as much food grains, fruits and vegetables as they want. “They can hoard as much as they want. Content of the second law is to end the Essential Commodities Act. It is, to start unlimited hoarding in India,” the Congress leader said. “The content of the third law is that when a farmer goes before the biggest businessman of India to demand the right price for his crops, he will not be allowed to go to the Court.”

Earlier in the day, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh informed the Parliament that India and China have agreed to disengage on the north and south banks of Pangong Lake. After this agreement, he said, India-China will remove forward deployments in a phased, coordinated manner.

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    18:05 (IST)11 Feb 2021
    Rahul Gandhi targets Centre over farm laws in Lok Sabha

    Rahul Gandhi in Lok Sabha: The content of the first law is that one can have unlimited purchase of foodgrains, fruits and vegetables anywhere in the country. If the purchase is unlimited anywhere in the country, then who would go to Mandis? The content of the first law is to finish the mandis. The content of the second law is that big businessmen can store as much food grains, fruits and vegetables as they want. They can hoard as much as they want. Content of the second law is to end the Essential Commodities Act. It is, to start unlimited hoarding in India. The content of the third law is that when a farmer goes before the biggest businessman of India to demand the right price for his crops, he will not be allowed to go to the Court. 

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    17:52 (IST)11 Feb 2021
    Rahul Gandhi speaks on content and intent of farm laws in Lok Sabha

    Rahul Gandhi in Lok Sabha: "Yesterday while addressing the House, Prime Minister Modi said that the Opposition is talking about the agitation but not about the content and intent of Farm Laws. I thought I should make him happy today and speak on the content and intent of the laws." 

    17:43 (IST)11 Feb 2021
    Both sides will cease their forward deployments in a phased manner: Rajnath Singh

    Rajnath Singh in Lok Sabha: These will be focus of further discussions with the Chinese side. We have agreed that both sides should achieve complete disengagement at the earliest and abide fully by the bilateral agreements and protocols. By now, the Chinese side is also fully aware of our resolve. The agreement that we have been able to reach with the Chinese side for disengagement in Pangong lake area envisages that both sides will cease their forward deployments in a phased, coordinated and verified manner. Chinese side will keep its troop presence in the North Bank area to east of Finger 8. Indian troops will be based at their permanent base at Dhan Singh Thapa Post near Finger 3. Similar action would be taken in the South Bank area by both sides.

    17:41 (IST)11 Feb 2021
    There are still some outstanding issues: Rajnath Singh in Lok Sabha

    Rajnath Singh in Lok Sabha: I want to assure this House that in these talks we have not conceded anything. The House should also know that there are still some outstanding issues with regard to deployment and patrolling at some other points along the LAC in Eastern Ladakh.

    17:31 (IST)11 Feb 2021
    Forces responded to challenges by unilateral Chinese action: Rajnath Singh in Lok Sabha

    Rajnath SIngh in Lok Sabha: Since last September, both sides (India  and China) have maintained communication with each other through military and diplomatic channels. Our objective was to effect disengagement and maintain status quo along the LAC so as to restore peace and tranquillity. Our Armed Forces responded to challenges by unilateral Chinese action and have shown valour and courage on both South and North bank of Pangong Tso. Many strategic points were identified and our troops positioned themselves at locations very important from our point of view.

    15:45 (IST)11 Feb 2021
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    13:51 (IST)11 Feb 2021
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    13:50 (IST)11 Feb 2021
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    13:20 (IST)11 Feb 2021
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    12:30 (IST)11 Feb 2021
    Structures built by both sides since April 2020 will be removed: Rajnath Singh

    Rajnath Singh in Rajya Sabha Live: These are mutual and reciprocal steps and any structures that had been built by both sides since April 2020 in both North and South Bank area will be removed and the landforms will be restored. 

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    11:27 (IST)11 Feb 2021
    China will keep its troops to the east of Finger 8: Rajnath Singh in Rajya Sabha

    Rajanth Singh in Rajya Sabha Live: China will keep its troops to the east of the Finger 8 at the north bank of Pangong Lake. India will keep its troops at its  permanent base near Finger 3.

    11:03 (IST)11 Feb 2021
    India-China agreed complete disengagement to be done at the earliest: Rajnath Singh in Rajya Sabha

    Rajnath Singh in Rajya Sabha: We have (India and China) begun talks over North-South bank of Pangong Lake Some issues over deployment at LAC are yet to be resolved, Both sides agreed that complete disengagement to be done at the earliest.

    10:59 (IST)11 Feb 2021
    India wants solution on three principles, Rajnath Singh in Rajya Sabha

    Rajnath Singh in Rajya Sabha: Since last year, we have maintained relationship with China on military and diplomatic levels. During the talks, we told China that we want solution of the issue based on three principles. First, both parties must agree on LAC and respect it. Secondly, there shouldn't be an attempt to change the status unilaterally, by any party. Thirdly, all the compromises should be completely agreed upon by both parties.

    10:48 (IST)11 Feb 2021
    Indian forces made counter deployment, Rajnath Singh in Rajya Sabha

    Rajnath Singh in Rajya Sabha Live: Many fraction areas are built near LAC in Eastern Ladakh. China has collected heavy force and arms and ammunition near LAC and in the nearby area on their side. Our forces have also adequate and effectively done counter deployment.

    10:45 (IST)11 Feb 2021
    India-China to remove forward deployments in phased manner, Rajnath Singh in Rajya Sabha

    Rajnath Singh in Rajya Sabha: Our sustained talks with China have led to agreement on disengagement on the north and south banks of Pangong Lake. After this agreement, India-China will remove forward deployments in a phased and coordinated manner.

    10:43 (IST)11 Feb 2021
    Force ready to face any challenge, Rajnath Singh in Rajya Sabha

    Rajnath Singh in Rajya Sabha: Our security forces have proved that they are ready to face any challenge to protect the sovereignty of the country. 

    10:39 (IST)11 Feb 2021
    Committed to maintaining a peaceful situation at LAC: Rajnath Singh

    Rajnath Singh in Rajya Sabha: "We are committed to maintaining a peaceful situation at the Line of Control. India has always emphasised on maintaining bilateral ties."

    10:13 (IST)11 Feb 2021
    Defence Minister Rajnath Singh arrives at Parliament

    Defence Minister Rajnath Singh arrives at the Parliament. He will make a statement on ‘present situation in Eastern Ladakh’ in Rajya Sabha at 10:30 am today.

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    Around five months back, Indian troops occupied a number of strategic heights in the Mukhpari, Rechin La and Magar hill areas around the southern bank of the Pangong lake after the Chinese military attempted to intimidate them in the area. Close to 100,000 Indian and Chinese troops are deployed in eastern Ladakh amid continuing diplomatic and military talks to find an amicable solution to the standoff. Last month, Army chief Gen MM Naravane said that Indian troops will hold their ground as long as it takes to achieve the "national goals and objectives". (PTI)
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