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Agri laws: RJD to hold demonstration in Patna

Agri laws: RJD to hold demonstration in Patna

Patna: The opposition Rashtriya Janata Dal in Bihar on Friday said it will take out a demonstration here on Saturday in protest against the agriculture laws, which have triggered massive protests in northern parts of the country.

The party's state unit chief Jagadanand Singh made the announcement at a press conference in presence of leader of the opposition Tejashwi Yadav, saying, "the dharna will be held at Gandhi Maidan, in front of the statue of the Mahatma whose vision is under attack from the proposed legislations which intend to give a leeway to big private players in agriculture sector".

Addressing the press conference, Yadav appealed to farmers across the state to lend their support to the ongoing stir, claiming that Bihar's agriculture was already under stress because of the Nitish Kumar government's more than a decade-old move of scrapping the APMC mandis and authorising PACS (primary agriculture credit societies) for procurement.

"It needs to be realised that the government in the state has been brazen in violating the interests of farmers.

The new system has put them at a clear disadvantage. And the chief minister's party has shown its priorities by supporting the contentious bills in Parliament," Yadav alleged.

He also mocked his bete noire Sushil Kumar Modi, a former deputy CM and senior BJP leader, who is set to enter the Rajya Sabha, for raising doubts over the intent of the agitating farmers.

"If indeed the intent is doubtful, he should tell us why is his party's government holding talks with the agitators," Yadav said.

He expressed anguish over the "obstinacy" shown by the Narendra Modi government in coming out with a written assurance that minimum support price will remain protected, even after the bills were passed by Parliament.

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