NEW DELHI: With the only BJP MP abstaining from voting, the Kerala assembly on Thursday unanimously adopted a resolution demanding Withdrawal of the tree agricultural laws. With this, Kerala became the fifth state in the country to pass a resolution in their respective assemblies to oppose agricultural laws.
Before Kerala, four states – all not governed by the BJP – passed resolutions opposing agricultural laws. While three of them – Punjab, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan – are ruled by the Congress, the fourth – Delhi, is led by the Aam Aadmi party (AAP) Supreme and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. Delhi’s chief minister sparked controversy by tearing up copies of agricultural laws during the extraordinary session.
Here are the main developments of the day:
1. Expressing solidarity with the restless farmers of Delhi, the Kerala assembly unanimously passed a resolution demanding the immediate withdrawal of the three contentious central laws, claiming they were “anti-farmers” and “pro-business” “and push the farming community into a deep crisis. In proposing the resolution, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan alleged that central laws had been changed to help businesses. The center had presented and adopted the three agricultural laws in Parliament at a time when the agricultural sector was facing a serious crisis, he said. “The three disputed agri laws were passed even without sending them to the parliamentary standing committee. If this unrest continues, it will seriously affect Kerala, which is a consumer state,” he said.
2. In a rare move, not only the lawmakers of the ruling CPI (M) led LDF and the Congress led UDF, but the only BJP member in the assembly of 140 member states, O Rajagopal, also supported the resolution against the center, saying “this is the democratic spirit”. However, he then released a statement claiming he opposed the state government’s resolution. Initially, Rajagopal opposed some of the references in the resolution, which was presented in an almost two-hour special session convened in accordance with COVID-19 protocols. He first told the media that he “did not oppose the general consensus” within the Kerala assembly regarding agricultural laws, issued a statement later in which he claimed the central government was always ready for talks and “opposed the resolution” adopted by the assembly. “I strongly opposed the resolution against farm laws today in the assembly. I did not oppose the central government. I said that farm laws are very beneficial for farmers. During the decision and the opposition, the deputies affirmed that the prime minister does not negotiate with the farmers, I maintained that the central government is always ready for the talks, ”Rajagopal said in a statement. “I said that the farmers’ unions maintain that they will only engage in dialogue after the farm laws are withdrawn, which is why the protests are going on for a long time. The statements that I am against the central government are unfounded, ”he added. Rajagopal, who is an MP for Nemom constituency in Thiruvananthapuram, said Congress previously included similar farm laws in its manifesto. Earlier, speaking to mediapersons after the assembly session, Rajagopal said he abstained from voting and did not oppose the resolution because people did not need to know about these differences. opinions. “I support this resolution. During the discussion, I objected to certain references made in the resolution against agricultural laws but I do not object to the general consensus reached by the House against agricultural laws,” he said. -he declares.
3. Haryana police used water cannons and tear gas as farmers in tractor-trailers crossed barricades on the Shahjahanpur border with Rajasthan, trying to push towards the national capital. While farmers of around 25 semi-trailers pushed past Haryana police barriers, others remained on the Rajasthan side of the Shahjahanpur-Rewari border, police said. Peasant leaders at the site made it clear that protesters who had forcibly entered Haryana did not have their consent.
4. Thousands of farmers who have been demonstrating at the Singhu border for over a month will ring the New Year without any celebration. “There is no new year for us until the government accepts our demands,” said Harjinder Singh of Ropar, Punjab, who has been camping at the Delhi-Haryana border since November 25. In the latest round of talks on Wednesday, the government raised concerns among farmers over rising electricity tariffs and penalties for stubble burning, but it was not yet good news to celebrate, the farmers. Among the problems that still remain unresolved are the revocation of new agricultural laws and a legal guarantee of the minimum support price for their crops. “The two demands they accepted were not yet laws. Their impact was not yet felt. And we went to the government with the demands with clarity. They can’t choose what works for them.” said Harmesh Singh, a farmer from Hoshiarpur, Punjab. “If the government wants to see our strength, we will show them. People like us, used to living in ‘kothis’ (bungalows) are now sleeping on the road. We have been protesting peacefully ever since. one month, we can keep protesting for a year too, “added Bhupinder Singh, also from Hoshiarpur. Most farmers this year will welcome the new year away from their families, but they are not complaining.
5. Thousands of farmers remained at their protest sites near the Delhi border as their talks with the government stalled on the main contentious issues of the repeal of three farm laws and a guarantee legal for the MSP. Braving the winter cold, farmers, mainly from Punjab and Haryana, protest at the various borders of the national capital for more than a month against these three new laws. Security remained tight at Delhi’s borders with hundreds of people deployed at the Singhu, Ghazipur and Tikri border posts where farmers were camping. The protests also led to traffic jams forcing the police to divert vehicle traffic. Speaking to Twitter, Delhi traffic police alerted commuters on routes that remained closed due to the commotion and suggested they take alternative routes. “Tikri, the borders of Dhansa are closed to any movement of traffic. Jhatikara Borders is only open for LMVs (cars / light vehicles), two-wheelers and pedestrian traffic, ”he tweeted. “The borders of Chilla and Ghazipur are closed to traffic coming from Noida and Ghaziabad to Delhi due to protests by farmers. Please take an alternate route to come to Delhi via Anand Vihar, DND, Apsara, Bhopra and Loni Borders. “The borders of Singhu, Auchandi, Piau Maniyari, Saboli and Mangesh are closed. Please take an alternate route via Lampur Safiabad, Palla and Singhu School Toll Tax Borders. Please avoid Outer Ring Road, GTK Road and NH-44, ”they tweeted. “The open borders available for Haryana are Jharoda (only one lane / single road), Daurala, Kapashera, Badusarai, Rajokri NH-8, Bijwasan / Bajghera, Palam Vihar and Dundahera Borders,” Delhi traffic police said in a tweet.