3 Farm Laws Repealed: Action and Reaction
Moneylife Digital Team 19 November 2021
With prime minister (PM) Narendra Modi’s announcement to repeal the three farm laws, farmer unions and political parties have come out with reactions, from strong to supportive, based on the ‘party line’. While the farmer union has categorically stated that it will continue the agitation till these laws are not repealed in the Parliament, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)  had called it a ‘remarkable statesmanship’ shown by the PM. Opposition Congress party says in fear of losing elections, Mr Modi will now admit all his blunders.
 
Welcoming the PM’s decision to repeal three farm laws, the Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) says it will wait for the announcement to take effect through due parliamentary procedures. 
 
“SKM also reminds the Prime Minister that the agitation of farmers is not just against the repeal of the three black laws, but also for a statutory guarantee to remunerative prices for all agricultural produce and for all farmers. This important demand of farmers is still pending. SKM will take note of all developments, hold its meeting soon and announce further decisions if any,” the Morcha says in a statement.
 
Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait says the farmers’ ongoing agitation will continue. “The farmers’ agitation will go on. We will wait till the day when Parliament actually scraps the three farm laws,” Tikait told media persons at Palghar in Maharashtra. He is in Palghar to discuss specific issues with the farmer leaders there.
 
Besides, he says that a host of other farmers’ issues need to be discussed and he called upon the government to discuss them and expressed his readiness for talks.
 
In his address to the nation, PM Modi says, “It seems some of the farmers are still not convinced by our sincere efforts. We have decided to repeal the three farm laws. The constitutional process to repeal these laws would be completed during the Parliament Session that would start at the end of this month.”
 
Union home minister Amit Shah and BJP chief JP Nadda welcomed PM Modi’s announcement to repeal the three farm laws. Mr Shah said the PM has shown a ‘remarkable statesmanship’ while Mr Nadda says the decision will ‘further the atmosphere of brotherhood in the nation’.
 
 
 
Sonia Gandhi, interim president of Congress, says, “In a democracy, any decision should be taken after talks with every stakeholder and deliberations with the Opposition. I hope the Modi government has at least learned something for the future.”
 
Quoting his earlier tweet from January this year, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi termed it a ‘win against injustice and arrogant government’. In a tweet, he says, “Congratulations, its win against the injustice, the farmers of the nation have compelled the arrogant govt to bend down through satyagraha.”
 
 
In a tweet, Congress leader, and former Union minister for finance, P Chidambaram, says, “What cannot be achieved by democratic protests can be achieved by the fear of impending elections! PM’s announcement on the withdrawal of the three farm laws is not inspired by a change of policy or a change of heart. It is impelled by fear of elections!”
 
 
The three farm laws, passed last year, have been a cause of widespread agitation with a consortium of farmers staging protests, especially in northwest India and at Delhi’s doorsteps and earlier within the national capital.
 
Trinamool Congress leader and West Bengal’s chief minister (CM) Mamata Banerjee congratulated the farmers on their tremendous victory. 
 
 
Parkash Singh Badal, who had been CM of Punjab five times, described the prime minister’s announcement on withdrawal of three laws as a defining moment in history and said it marked a historic day for farmers on the sacred day of Guru Nanak Dev’s Prakash Purb.
 
Reacting to the PM’s announcement to repeal three farm laws, the Bharatiya Kisan Sangh (BKS), an affiliate of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), says that the decision of repealing the farm laws is correct to avoid unnecessary controversy.
 
In a statement, BKS general secretary Badrinarayan Chaudhari, says, “The government’s decision to withdraw all the three farm laws is correct in the context of avoiding unnecessary controversy.”
 
The BKS mentioned that farmers’ real problem is their exploitation in the market, and this needs to be guaranteed by making a law of remunerative value based on cost.  
 
In September this year, demanding a law to ensure cost-based remunerative prices for farmer’s produce, the BKS had held nationwide demonstrations. The BKS had said that the government should give remunerative prices to farmers or explain that their demand is wrong.
 
“Farmers do not get a remunerative price for their produce, and the actual cost incurred is more than the MSP fixed by the government. We are demanding a cost-based remunerative price for farmers as they are not getting it for their produce,” the BKS had said.
Comments
akaj188
2 months ago
In India Physically Handicapped pay Income Tax whereas even Super Rich Farmers do not.. Handicapped Punjabis do not get even a single paisa relief in electricity charges
akaj188
2 months ago
Punjab farmers had done a wonderful job in the initial years of the Green Revolution but gradually , massive subsidies , no income tax and MSP, free electricity , wrong entries of Khud Kasht- Actual Tiller status in Revenue records by corrupt Patwaris etc ,.turned these once hard working farmers into super middleman and brokers for small farmers / Artiyas - a sort capitalist -absentee land lordship exploitative form of functioning . . New farm laws gave small farmers to an opportunity become independent .
Rich farmers ' struggle is for preserving their vested interests
. Sadly new Farm Laws were also being given a communal colour .
Govt in Punjab is also controlled by these very influential Rich farmers' lobby.
akaj188
2 months ago
NRI were funding Farmers Agitation because they have a vested interest in Punjab All freebies , subsidies , tax exemptions meant for the small /marginal farmers are usurped by the Rich / Super Rich farmers. NRI owners of agricultural land in Punjab who have not set foot in India for years , bribe Patwaris and show themselves as ' Khud Kasht '- i.e. Actual Tillers , in the Revenue Records . Such NRIs and others then take free electricity etc benefits
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