Kerala motion against agricultural laws: BJP MP supports and recanting

Even as the BJP launched a campaign across the country to defend the three central farm laws, the party’s only lawmaker in Kerala, O Rajagopal, on Thursday backed an assembly resolution calling for the laws to be repealed.

However, hours later, Rajagopal issued a statement saying that he had in fact vehemently opposed the resolution and accused President P Sreeramakrishnan of failing to call for a count of those who opposed it.

Earlier today, Rajagopal spoke in favor of farm laws in the assembly, but when it was put to a vote by the President, he supported the resolution.

Speaking to media outside the assembly, the top BJP leader justified his position and told reporters: “I have a different opinion on some points of the resolution. But I supported the resolution in its entirety. I supported the resolution that called for the removal of agricultural laws. That is why I did not vote against the resolution.

On why he did not oppose the resolution, he said: “It is the democratic spirit. I supported the general consensus… In these types of questions, what we need is a compromise. I find nothing wrong with a BJP lawmaker supporting the Central Anti-Farm Laws resolution.

While the party only said it would consider Rajagopal’s statement, BJP State President K Surendran, claiming the matter had not been brought to its attention, in the evening Rajagopal released another statement accusing the president.

“The President has violated all precedents. He did not ask for a separate count of those who support the resolution and those who oppose it. I had made my position clear in my speech on the resolution. I have not opposed the laws and I am not against the central law, ”he said.

Rajagopal, who opened the BJP account in Kerala in the 2016 elections, has also differed in the past with the party’s position.

Two weeks ago, after the results of the local body, when BJP State President Surendran said that the cross voting between LDF and UDF had led to the defeat of the BJP in Thiruvananthapuram municipal society, Rajagopal said: “There is no evidence of cross voting. We were not able to gain the confidence of the voters. The party focused solely on the gold smuggling scandal against the government. It did not work. People seemed to care only about the benefits they got from government; no scandals, ” he said.

Last December, when the assembly passed a resolution against the Citizenship Amendment Law, Rajagopal has not yet opposed it.