THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) O Rajagopal who told the media on Thursday that he “did not oppose the general consensus” in Kerala Assembly regarding agricultural laws, issued a statement later saying it said the central government was always ready for talks and “opposed the resolution” passed 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“I said that the farmers’ unions maintain that they will only engage in dialogue after the farm laws are withdrawn, which is why the protests are going on for a long time.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.
“I made it clear that Congress in its election manifesto included similar farm laws and that PMO also demanded it through a resolution. The speaker did not ask questions during the vote on those who support the resolution and those who oppose it. It was reduced to a single question without being asked separately, which is a violation of the standards, ”he added.
Earlier, speaking to the media after the assembly session, Rajagopal said he abstained from voting and did not oppose the resolution because people do not need to know about these differences in 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.
With the lonely MLA of BJP not opposing it, the Kerala assembly passed the resolution unanimously against the three agricultural laws after being proposed by the chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan during the extraordinary session.
The protesting farmers and the government held another round of talks on Wednesday and consensus was reached on two of the four issues on the agenda.
Peasant leaders have been protesting at the borders of the national capital since November 26 against the newly enacted agricultural laws – Agricultural Trade and Trade (Promotion and Facilitation) Act 2020, the Farmers’ Agreement (Empowerment and Protection) on Agricultural Price Insurance and Services Act, 2020; and the Essential Products (Amendment) Act, 2020.