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Kerala Assembly passes resolution against farm laws, BJP lawmaker supports it

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A resolution demanding the scrapping of the three farm laws brought by the Centre was unanimously passed by the Kerala Assembly on Thursday. The Assembly held that the new farm laws were in favour of corporate and against farmers’ interests.

Notably, a special session of the Assembly was convened for the purpose. The resolution was supported by the lawmakers of the CPI(M)-led LDF and Congress-headed UDF.

BJP lawmaker in Kerala supports resolution

Though the lone BJP member in the state assembly, O Rajagopal raised objections against some references in the resolution, he did not object to it. “There is a general consensus in the House. So, I did not object to the resolution. This is the democratic spirit,” he told the reporters outside the House.

Pro-corporate laws

Moving the resolution, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan alleged the central farm laws have been amended to help the corporates.

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“The three contentious agriculture laws were passed even without sending them to the standing committee of the Parliament. If this agitation continues, it will severely affect Kerala, which is a consumer state,” he said.

After the nearly two-hour-long discussion, Speaker P Sreeramakrishan put the resolution for a voice vote and said it has been passed. “Passing of the resolution reflects the sentiments of the House towards the farmers’ cause,” the Speaker said.

Agreement on two issues between Centre and farmers

The talks between the Centre and farmers’ union leaders concluded on Wednesday evening on a positive note. The two sides extensively discussed issues related to the three contentious farm laws. While the Union ministers were firm on backing the laws, farmers’ representatives demanded to repeal them.

Soon after the meeting at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi concluded, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said that the talks with farmers’ leaders concluded on a positive note since consensus on two issues—Electricity Act and penalty against stubble burning–was reached.

“Today’s talks were held in a very good environment and it concluded on a positive note. Consensus on 2 out of 4 issues was reached between both sides,” Tomar said. The next round of talks is scheduled to take place on January 4.

 

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