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Opposition parties to boycott President's address to Parliament on January 29

In the joint statement, the parties lashed out at the Prime Minister and the BJP-led Centre for being arrogant, adamant and undemocratic in their response regarding the constitutional validity of the farm laws

January 28, 2021 / 03:53 PM IST

The leaders of 16 opposition parties led by the Congress will boycott President Ram Nath Kovind’s address to the Parliament on January 29 over farm laws.

The address by the President to both houses of Parliament marks the beginning of the Budget Session.

In the joint statement issued on January 28 the parties announced that they have decided to stay away from the President’s address in both the Houses of the Parliament while reaffirming the collective demand for repeal of the farm laws and in solidarity with the agitating farmers.

The statement says that the farm laws  were brought 'without any consultations with states and farmer unions and lacked national consensus'. The parliamentary scrutiny was bypassed and the laws were pushed through muzzling the Opposition," it said.