Jagan Justifies Protest In Assembly
Amaravati: YSR Congress president and Leader of Opposition Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy had justified his party MLAs holding protest in the Assembly when the House met to pass the GST Bill. He said that the YSR Congress was not against passing the GST Bill. He said the YSR Congress had extended its support for the Bill even at the Business Advisory Committee meeting but insisted on discussion on the farmers’ plight. “The GST Bill could have been passed in just 15 minutes. There is nothing for the Assembly to do with that. It was just a formality. We wanted the government to agree to a discussion on farmers’ issues once the GST is passed. But, the government did not agree for the debate leading to the protest,” Jagan Mohan Reddy told media persons during a chit chat after the Assembly was adjourned sine die.
Jagan Mohan Reddy welcomed the State government’s initiatives of passing the GST Bill and another bill to provide Group I job to badminton player P V Sindhu. He said that the two bills were just a formality as the YSR Congress was not opposed to them. However, he said that his party had insisted on the government to agree for a discussion on the farmers’ issue as the farmers were struggling on the streets for remunerative prices.
“There is nothing wrong in the government having special concern for Sindhu. But it should have shown at least 50 per cent of that concern towards the farmers,” Jagan Mohan Reddy quipped. He said that the Central government had announced Rs 5,000 a quintal price for the chilli farmers. He felt that the State government too should have added another Rs 3,000 which would have benefited the farmers. He also blamed the government for being silent to the cries of the farmers across the State. The prices of agriculture produces have come down alarmingly, he said and regretted that the government had not acted on it and helped the farmers.