AAP chief and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday tore copies of the Union government’s contentious farm laws in the Delhi Assembly. The Delhi CM said that he cannot betray the farmers who have been bracing all odds to protest against the farm laws.
He also pointed out that the counsel representing the Delhi government in the Supreme Court has targeted the Centre for the laws.
Arvind Kejriwal said, “Why was an ordinance passed during COVID times? For the first time, three bills were passed in Rajya Sabha without voting.” Attacking the saffron party, he added, “The BJP has made elections more expensive. These laws are made for BJP’s election funding.”
Arvind Kejriwal equates BJP with British rule
While tearing copies of the three new farm laws in the Delhi Assembly, CM Kejriwal said the state legislature is annulling the three laws. “The central government should not become worse than the British and repeal these laws,” he added.
A resolution to cancel the farm laws was also passed in the Delhi Legislative Assembly on Thursday.
While tearing up the copies of the three laws, CM Kejriwal said, “I am pained that I have to do this. I did not intend to, but I cannot betray the farmers of my country who have been sleeping on the streets in the cold when the temperature is just 2 degrees Celsius.”
Over 20 farmers have died
“Until now, more than 20 farmers have lost their lives as a result of the agitation. How many lives will the central government take,” Kejriwal said adding, “Each farmer is sitting in the agitation as Bhagat Singh.”
A 37-year-old farmer protesting against the Centre’s farm laws died on Thursday reportedly due to the harsh cold weather. He was participating in the protest at the Delhi-Haryana border and found dead at the site where protests have been going on for the past three weeks.
The deceased has three children aged 10, 12 and 14, a news channel reported.
The development comes within hours of a Sikh priest allegedly committing suicide at the Delhi-Haryana border. The priest from a Gurdwara in Haryana, Baba Ram Singh, was a strong supporter of the protesting farmers. He reportedly left a note saying he was angry and pained at the government’s injustice.
SC asks centre to put farm laws on hold
The Supreme Court on Thursday asked the Union government to consider putting the controversial farm laws on hold. It also reiterated its suggestion to constitute a committee comprising of all stakeholders for negotiations to put an end to the stalemate between the protesting farmers and the government.
The court also adjourned the hearing in the batch of pleas related to the farmers’ protest and the farm laws as the farmers’ unions were not present during the hearing. The bench headed by Chief Justice SA Bobde said that the petitions will be taken up for hearing by the vacation bench. It added that orders cannot be passed as no farmers’ associations were present during the hearing.
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