THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Kerala assembly on Thursday unanimously passed a resolution demanding the immediate repeal of the three central farm laws that have sparked a marathon turmoil by farmers. The only BJP member in the 140-member House, O Rajagopal, defended the agro-marketing laws during the debate but did not oppose the resolution.
“I openly expressed my differences of opinion on the resolution during the discussion, but I did not oppose it as the popular sentiment in the House was to pass it unanimously. I supported democratic spirit and general consensus, ”Rajagopal said.
He later backed down, issuing a statement in which he denied supporting the resolution. The speaker did not ask members if they opposed the resolution and that is why he remained silent then, the BJP lawmaker said.
Moving the resolution during the special session to which Governor Arif Mohammad Khan gave his assent after much persuasion, CM Pinarayi Vijayan said Kerala would be the worst-affected state if the unrest continued. Indeed, unlike other states, Kerala imports its grain.