Farmers warmly welcomed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s sudden announcement on Guru Nanak Jayanti on Friday to repeal three controversial agricultural laws. Expressed happiness about this, but he is still waiting for the fulfillment of the demand for making a law regarding the guarantee of Minimum Support Price (MSP).
Prime Minister Modi on Friday pulled back his government on three controversial agriculture laws and asked the country to “pardon” them, and announced on Friday the formation of a committee to look into issues related to MSP.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi made these announcements in his address to the nation on the occasion of Guru Nanak Jayanti. He said that the constitutional process to repeal these laws would be completed in the coming winter session of Parliament.
He said, “Today, while apologizing to the countrymen, I want to say with a sincere heart and with a pure heart that perhaps there must have been some deficiency in our penance, due to which we have not been able to explain the truth like the light of a lamp to some farmer brothers. ”
He has been agitating against the Farmer Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, Agriculture (Empowerment and Protection) Price, Assurance and Agricultural Services Agreement Act and the Essential Commodities Amendment Act, 2020 at various borders of the capital Delhi for the past one year. He also appealed to the farmers to return to their homes.
The United Kisan Morcha (SKM) welcomed Modi’s announcement, saying his movement was not only against the “three black laws”, but also for a statutory guarantee of remunerative prices for all agricultural products and all farmers. Was also.
SKM, a representative group of about 40 farmers’ organizations in the country, said in a statement, “The important demands of the farmers are still not fulfilled.” will announce
The SKM said in a statement, “United Kisan Morcha welcomes this decision. We will wait for the implementation of this announcement through the parliamentary process.
The farmers’ organization said that if the agricultural laws are formally repealed, it will be a historic victory in the one-year-long struggle of farmers in India.
On this unexpected “victory”, drums were played and sweets were distributed at many places.
What did Rakesh Tikait say?
Meanwhile, Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait said that farmers will withdraw their agitation against anti-agriculture laws only after the controversial laws are repealed in Parliament. He also emphasized that the government should talk to farmers on the Minimum Support Price (MSP) of crops and other issues as well.
What did the PM announce?
In his address on the occasion of Guru Parv and ahead of the elections to be held in Uttar Pradesh next year, the Prime Minister said, “Today is the holy festival of light of Guru Nanak Dev Ji. This is not the time to blame anyone. Today I have come to tell you… to the whole country… that we have decided to withdraw three agricultural laws. In the Parliament session starting later this month, we will complete the constitutional process of repeal of these three agricultural laws.
He urged the agitating farmers, referring to the Guru festival, “Now you return to your homes. Return to your fields. Return to your family. Let’s make a fresh start. Let’s move forward anew.”
The Prime Minister said that in his five-decade-long public life, he had closely experienced the difficulties and challenges faced by farmers, and in view of this, his government accorded top priority to agricultural development and farmers’ welfare.
Ghanvat condemned the move of the government
Anil Ghanwat, a member of the Agriculture Committee constituted by the Supreme Court, described the decision of the Central Government to repeal three agricultural laws as a backward step. Ghanvat said, “This is the most regressive step taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he chose politics over the betterment of farmers. Our committee submitted several reforms and solutions on the three agricultural laws, but instead of using it to resolve the impasse, Modi and the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) stepped back. They just want to win elections and nothing else.
Welcome by the CM of Karnataka
Karnataka Chief Minister and BJP leader Basavaraj Bommai said the decision to repeal the laws shows the sensitivity of Prime Minister Modi. He dismissed claims that the government had succumbed to the protesters.
Opposition parties congratulated the farmers for their victory, but also raised questions on the intention of the government.
What did the opposition say?
Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi tweeted, “The Annadata of the country has bowed its head of arrogance with Satyagraha. Congratulations on this victory against injustice! Jai Hind, Jai Hind’s farmer!
Party’s chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala told reporters, “Today is the day of defeat of the arrogance of Modi ji and his government. Today is the day of defeat of the anti-farmer BJP and their capitalist friends. It is the day of defeat of the conspiracy to sell agriculture. Today is the day of victory of farmer, mandi, laborer and shopkeeper. Today is the day of victory for the martyrdom of 700 farmers.
Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said that in view of the impending defeat in the elections, the Prime Minister is beginning to understand the truth, but it is difficult to believe his intention and changing stand.
Former Home Minister P Chidambaram tweeted, “What cannot be achieved by democratic protests. The announcement by the Prime Minister to withdraw all three agricultural laws is not motivated by a change in policy and a change of heart. This is a decision taken out of election fear.
“However, it is a big victory for the farmers and it is also a victory for the Congress party which was vehemently opposing these laws,” he said.
Senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh tweeted, “First let’s forcefully get laws passed in Parliament. Then face unexpected opposition. Then face elections in Uttar Pradesh and Punjab. Eventually the laws repeal. In the end the farmer won. I salute the perseverance of our farmers, who did not lose heart.
Welcoming the Prime Minister’s announcement, Deputy Leader of Congress in Rajya Sabha Anand Sharma said that now the government should take a lesson that it is not to bypass Parliament and through meaningful dialogue with the opposition, get those laws which have far-reaching effects. There are.
Punjab Pradesh Congress President Navjot Singh Sidhu termed the announcement of repeal of agricultural laws as a “step in the right direction”.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee tweeted, “My heartfelt congratulations to every farmer who fought tirelessly and did not deviate from the brutality with which the BJP treated you. This is your victory! My condolences to all those who lost their loved ones in this fight.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin welcomed the decision to withdraw agricultural laws and called it a victory for farmers.
Stalin tweeted, “I wholeheartedly welcome the honorable Prime Minister’s decision to withdraw the three anti-farmer agriculture laws. History has taught us that people should be respected in a democracy. I congratulate the farmers and salute their determination to achieve this through Gandhian means.
National Conference (NC) vice-president Omar Abdullah tweeted, “If anyone thinks that the government has blatantly repealed agricultural laws, it is his/her misunderstanding. This government reacts only by seeing the situation turn against itself – as fuel prices were reduced after the setbacks in the by-elections. In western Uttar Pradesh and Punjab, the agricultural laws were repealed along with the electoral maths.
Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati congratulated farmers on the Centre’s decision to withdraw three agriculture laws and said the government should have taken this decision much earlier.