New Delhi, Jan 13: The opposition party Congress on Tuesday questioned the Supreme Court’s decision of forming a committee comprising only of those experts who have been openly favouring the farm laws to resolve the issue.
Chief Justice of India SA Bobde proposed agricultural economists Ashok Gulati, Pramod Kumar Joshi, Bhupinder Singh Mann of the Bhartiya Kisan Union and Anil Ghanwat of Shetkeri Sangthana as members of the committee. Each of these members have in the past publically supported the new laws.
Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said at a press conferece that, “We don’t know who gave these names to the honourable Supreme Court,” he said. “There was a ray of hope in the manner and fashion in which it came out and stood in support of the farmers. Perhaps nobody pointed out the background of the members or the fact they stand for the implementation of these laws.”
Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram tweeted, “The concern expressed by the Supreme Court over the farmers’ protests is justified and welcome in the situation created by a stubborn government. The decision to form a committee to help find a solution is well-intentioned,” he wrote on Twitter. “However, the composition of the committee is puzzling and sends contradictory signals”.
“Can justice be expected from individuals who have written support for anti-agricultural laws?” Congress leader Rahul Gandhi asked. Gandhi called this a “useless attempt” to confuse the farmers. “The annadata understands the intentions of the government,” he added. “Their demand is clear – Take back the anti-agricultural law, that’s it!”