Navjot Singh Sidhu: Centre's New Farm Laws Unconstitutional
Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu on Thursday said they were an attack by the Centre upon the federal structure and the right of states to frame legislations.
He said the new laws will lead to auctioning of land in Punjab and leave its residents as "slaves" and asked the Congress government in the state to take "bold and solid steps" to meet the "aspirations" of people protesting against the legislations.
"The new farm laws are unconstitutional and illegal. It's an attack by the Centre on the right of states to frame new laws and the federal structure," he told reporters.
Referring to the ongoing farmer protest against the laws, he said the peasantry has never lost a battle.
The Punjab Assembly had passed Bills last year to negate the three farm laws. The bills are pending for approval of the governor.
Mr Sidhu said, "Minimum support price must be given on pulses and oil seeds by the Punjab government. This will help in crop diversification."