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R-Day violence: Opp. parties to boycott Presidential address, urge probe

By Saima Siddiqui 
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New Delhi: Blaming BJP-led central government for Republic day farmers’ protest that turned violent, total of 17 opposition parties have announced to boycott the President’s address to the joint sitting of both the Houses of Parliament, senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said on Thursday.

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The joint sitting of the two Houses of Parliament will be addressed by President Ram Nath Kovind on January 29.

Releasing a joint opposition statement, the parties alleged that the Modi-led Central government was ‘insensitive’ to the demands of the protesting farmers, and remained ‘undemocratic’ and ‘unmoved’ in its response. “We stand in solidarity with the farmers,” the statement read. The joint statement is signed by Congress, NCP, DMK, Shiv Sena, RJD, CPM, IUML, PDP, MDMK among others.

Furthermore, the leaders of the opposition parties have also demanded an impartial investigation into the violent incidents of Delhi protest and Centre’s role in the events. The statement further accused that Centre’s new farm laws are an assault on the rights of the States and violate the federal spirit of the Indian Constitution.

Meanwhile, Shiromani Akali Dal is also reported to boycott the President’s address in the Parliament in protest against the three contentious farm laws, as per party leader and MP Balwinder Singh Bhunder.

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