Hyderabad: On Monday, police took several Congress leaders, including AICC In-charge Manickam Tagore, TPCC President Uttam Kumar Reddy and others, into custody at Dilkush guest house here when they tried to enter Raj Bhavan to send a memorandum against farm bills introduced by the union government to Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan. Congress Leaders decided to give a memorandum to the President of India through the Governor as part of their nationwide protest against the bills. They were taken to Goshamahal Police Station by the police and released. Uttam Kumar Reddy blamed the Governor earlier, speaking to the media, for refusing to meet the Congressional delegation in fear of the spread of Covid-19.
“The farmers are troubled by both PM Modi and TS CM KCR. Because of the three bills, the agricultural sector will face tremendous trouble. In Rajya Sabha, where it is a minority by undemocratic means, the BJP got the bills passed,” he said. He further said that the Parliament bill removes cereals, pulses, oilseeds, edible oils, onion and potatoes from the list of essential commodities which will give the private sector the freedom to produce, hold, move, distribute and supply. This is only done to benefit Modi Corporate Friends like Ambani and Adhani Groups and Amazon included who can hold as much stock as possible and in turn they will raise the market price which in otherwords means privitization of Agrisector by the Center. The Amendment of Essential Commodities Bill will jeopardize the basic essence of farming in India, effecting farmers life drastically. He said that in the bills, there is no security blanket to cover farmers' interests. He pointed out that the topics debated outside Parliament by the Prime Minister were not a part of the bills.
Uttam Kumar Reddy said that the TRS government has failed to compensate for the losses suffered by farmers in the state during the recent incessant rains that caused large tracts of land to be submerged. He said the party would organize a state-wide protest in the state on October 2 to highlight the problems facing the agricultural sector.