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Farm laws repeal Highlights: Samyukt Kisan Morcha to decide future course of action during meet on weekend

PM Narendra Modi Address to Nation Highlights: "We hope government won't let its announcement (on farm laws) go waste and go full length to fulfil our demands, including law to guarantee MSP," it said.

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New Delhi | Updated: November 20, 2021 7:52:51 am
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Farm laws news Highlights: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday announced that his government would repeal the three farm laws passed by Parliament a year ago, which has led to massive protests by farmers unions in several states. The procedure to roll back the laws would take place during the winter session of Parliament, which begins next week, the Prime Minister informed.

In an address to the nation on Guru Nanak Jayanti, PM Modi said, “We worked to provide farmers with seeds at reasonable rates and facilities like micro-irrigation, 22 crore soil health cards. Such factors have contributed to increased agricultural production. However, we failed to make them understand about the benefits of the new laws and as such, we have decided to roll them back.”

Farmers from Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and other states have been camping at Delhi’s borders since November 2020 in protest against the three legislations, the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020, and Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020. The protests have continued for over a year as deliberations between the government and farmers unions failed.

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Farm laws news Highlights: PM Modi says government will repeal three farm laws; Kisan Morcha to decide on stir later; Rahul Gandhi blames Centre for lives lost in stir.

22:36 (IST)19 Nov 2021
Rahul Gandhi writes open letter to farmers

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has written an open letter to farmers, congratulating them on their “historic victory” after the Centre announced its decision to repeal three contentious farm laws, and assured them of his party’s support in their future struggles.

Noting that the struggle is not over yet, he asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi not to dare again to conspire to make farmers slaves in their own land by playing into the hands of a few capitalists and urged him to work towards fulfilling his promise of doubling farmers’ income by 2022.

21:34 (IST)19 Nov 2021
SKM welcomes PM's announcement of repealing farm laws

Welcoming Prime Minister Narendra Modi's announcement to repeal the three contentious farm laws, the Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM), an umbrella body of farm unions, on Friday said its future course of action will be decided after the core committee meetings on Saturday and Sunday.

Farmer leader and SKM's core committee member Darshan Pal said it was good that the Centre has decided to repeal the farm laws but demanded the legislations be formally revoked in the upcoming Winter Session of Parliament. The other demand was that the Union government should come to an understanding on the minimum support price (MSP) for crops, he said, adding, "We want a legal guarantee on MSP." (PTI)

20:07 (IST)19 Nov 2021
What govt told SC about the three farm laws in January

While arguing against petitions challenging the three farms laws, the government had told the Supreme Court in January that their enactment was preceded by “two decades of deliberations” and termed demands for their repeal as “neither justifiable nor acceptable”.

In an affidavit filed by the Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmer Welfare, the government sought to dispel what it called “the erroneous notion… peddled” by protesters that the government and Parliament did not hold consultations before passing the laws.

It also argued that states had been tardy in implementing the reforms in their “true spirit”. Read the full report here.

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19:21 (IST)19 Nov 2021
BKU’s Gurnam Singh Chaduni: The man who put the spotlight on the three farm laws

When farmers in Haryana undertook a tractor march – riding over 10,000 tractors – on the call of BKU leader Gurnam Singh Chaduni against the three farm ordinances on July 20, 2020, nobody thought the protest would snowball into something so big that one day the Modi government would have to repeal the three contentious laws. Chaduni, however, had probably sensed that the issue is quite close to the heart of farmers because it pertains to their land which they call “dharti maan”. Click here to read more. 

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18:12 (IST)19 Nov 2021
SKM to decide future course of action during meet on weekend

The Samyukt Kisan Morcha Friday said that it will decide the future course of action during its core committee meet on Saturday and Sunday. 'We hope the government won't let its announcement (on farm laws) go waste and go full length to fulfil our demands, including a law to guarantee MSP,' it was quoted as saying by PTI.

17:44 (IST)19 Nov 2021
Congress to observe 'Kisan Vijay Diwas' tomorrow

Congress has announced that it will observe 'Kisan Vijay Diwas' on November 20 and will hold rallies across the country on the announcement of the repeal of farm laws.

16:58 (IST)19 Nov 2021
Sacrifices of more than 700 farmer families paid off: Sonia Gandhi

"Today, the sacrifices of more than 700 farmer families, whose members laid down their lives in this struggle for justice, have paid off. Today, truth, justice, and non-violence have won," Congress Interim President Sonia Gandhi said in a statement on repeal of three farm laws.

16:28 (IST)19 Nov 2021
Punjab: Farmers to stay at toll plazas until SKM orders to end protest

With the decision to repeal the three controversial farm laws, the farmer organisations who had been holding the fort at various toll plazas in Punjab will wait till further orders from the Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) to end their protest.

In Mohali, the farmers are sitting at Dappar, Azizpur, New Chandigarh and Kharar toll plazas where commuters need not to pay toll. The farmers had stopped the payment of toll when the agitation was started last year.

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16:27 (IST)19 Nov 2021
Buzz in BJP: Biggest gain for Modi’s image

After digging its heels for more than a year over the contentious farm bills, the announcement of their withdrawal by Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday morning is expected to give moral high ground for the BJP and its leaders to leverage ahead of key elections coming up next year.

Although the announcement did not leave many BJP leaders upbeat given that they had been defending and lauding the legislations as “path-breaking” reform in the agriculture sector, a number of senior leaders agreed that the move would “transform the Prime Minister’s image into a benevolent and sensitive leader”.

At least five senior party leaders, including three from Uttar Pradesh, pointed out that the BJP’s leadership had to “take the sensitive security situation in the border state of Punjab where vested interests were taking advantage of the uneasiness among a section of farmers” over the farm bills. Read the full report here

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his address to the nation on Friday.
16:25 (IST)19 Nov 2021
MSP bigger issue than farm laws: Navjot Sidhu

Congress leader Navjot Sidhu Friday said that the issue of MSP is bigger than the farm laws. "It is the lifeline of Indian farmers … If the central govt genuinely wants to fulfil their promise of doubling the farmers' income or accepting the C2 formula of the Swaminathan report, then they should accede to this demand," Sidhu tweeted.

16:23 (IST)19 Nov 2021
Centre is sensitive, PM Modi had responded to farmers’ demand: Karnataka CM

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision to repeal the three contentious farm laws shows the government is sensitive. “Modi has responded to the farmers’ demand,” he said.

“It is not a question of bowing. This was the process of liberalisation and globalisation that started in 1991-92 under the Congress government. As a part of it, various laws were to be formulated. Further, the UPA government had signed an agreement with the World Trade Organisation. Agriculture Reforms and the Agriculture Marketing Reforms were also a part of it,” Bommai claimed while rejecting that the central government bowed down before the year-long protest by the farmers. 

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15:37 (IST)19 Nov 2021
‘PM's decision, no comments’: Nitish Kumar on farm laws withdrawal

Having consistently supported the three contentious agricultural laws, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar Friday issued a guarded response on the announcement of their withdrawal, saying the “decision has been taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi”.

Speaking to reporters in Delhi, Nitish Kumar said some people supported the legislation, while there were opposing voices also, prompting the PM to announce to get them repealed in the winter session of Parliament. In February, following a meeting with the PM, the BIhar CM had said the laws were in the “interest of the farmers”.

“It was the Prime Minister’s decision, the Centre passed and got the laws cleared in Parliament. And the Prime Minister himself has announced that they will be repealed in the next session. so the decision is his, there cannot be any reaction to this. He has already elaborated that he tried that but people did not agree,” Kumar told reporters on Friday. Read the full report here.

15:35 (IST)19 Nov 2021
Farm laws rollback: PM sensed defeat in polls, says Priyanka

After Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announced to repeal the three farm laws during his national address today, Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi said the PM “sensed defeat in the upcoming polls and suddenly started realising the reality of the country that it has been built by farmers”.

“Six hundred farmers martyred, more than 350 days of struggle, Narendra Modi ji your minister’s son crushed farmers to death, you didn’t care. Your party leaders insulted farmers and called them terrorists, traitors, goons, miscreants, you yourself called them andolanjeevi, beat them with sticks, arrested them,” Gandhi said.

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15:34 (IST)19 Nov 2021
Why Modi withdrew farm laws

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday (November 19) announced the repeal of the three contentious farm laws. Farmers, mostly from Punjab and Haryana, have been protesting against these laws at the borders of Delhi since November 26 last year.

While no official reason has been cited, the decision comes just ahead of the Winter Session of Parliament that is scheduled to commence on November 29. In the last session of Parliament, the opposition attacked the government strongly over the laws, and it led to acrimony and impacted the functioning of the Houses.

Also, the Prime Minister has made his announcement before the announcement of crucial Assembly elections in five states — Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, and Goa. The BJP’s performance in the civic polls in Punjab earlier this year, and in Assembly byelections in Haryana were dismal. Click here to read our explainer.

14:28 (IST)19 Nov 2021
Here’s how some Twitter handles took farmers from fields to social media

Taking the farmers’ issues from ground zero to the online space and becoming their voice on social media, some Twitter handles started by young activists from different professions and backgrounds played a crucial role in making the farmers’ agitation against the three farm laws an ‘international’ issue.

On Friday, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced to repeal the three farm laws, it also came as a victory for those protesters on Twitter who continued their support for farmers despite ‘account suspensions’ following gag orders from the government. Read More

12:38 (IST)19 Nov 2021
Congress seeks apology from PM; farm laws’ repeal triggered by fear of polls, says Chidambaram

The Congress on Friday demanded an apology from Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the families of the over 700 farmers who had lost their lives during the year-long agitation against the three controversial farm laws. It also posed five questions to the government on steps to support farmers. The main Opposition party said the defeat of the BJP in the recent Assembly bypolls has prompted the government to repeal the laws. Several Congress leaders said the government decided to take back the laws fearing a setback in the forthcoming Assembly elections in five states. Read More

12:18 (IST)19 Nov 2021
Sensing defeat in polls, started understanding reality of country: Priyanka Gandhi

After Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that the government has decided to repeal the three farm laws, Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Friday attacked him, saying that sensing defeat in the upcoming polls suddenly he has started realising the reality of the country that it has been built by farmers.

Her remarks came after Prime Minister Modi, in an address to the nation this morning, announced that the government has decided to repeal the three farm laws, which were at the centre of protests by farmers for the past year, and appealed to the protesting farmers to return home. Attacking the prime minister, Priyanka Gandhi said, "Six hundred farmers martyred, more than 350 days of struggle, Narendra Modi ji your minister's son crushed the farmers to death, you didn't care." "Your party leaders insulted the farmers and called them terrorists, traitors, goons, miscreants, you yourself called them 'andolanjeevi', beat them with sticks, arrested them," the Congress general secretary in-charge Uttar Pradesh alleged. (PTI)

12:05 (IST)19 Nov 2021
Repealing three farm laws shows Modi government's sensitivity: Karnataka CM

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Friday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi's decision to repeal the three contentious farms laws showed his sensitivity. Rejecting the claim that the government bowed to the year-long protest, Bommai said that the three laws were part of the liberalisation and globalisation process started in 1991-92 and were in line with the previous United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government's agreement with the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

"It is not a question of bowing. This process of liberalisation and globalisation started in 1991-'92. As part of it, various laws were to be formulated. Further, the UPA government had signed an agreement with the WTO. Agriculture Reforms and the Agriculture Marketing Reforms were also part of it," Bommai claimed. According to him, the draft bill was pending during the UPA government and a decision was taken after bringing certain changes and taking consensus of all the states to give proper returns to the farmers. (PTI)

11:48 (IST)19 Nov 2021
Big win for farmers and Congress: Chidambaram

Congress leader P Chidambaram said: “Anyway, it is a big victory for the farmers and the Congress which was steadfast in its opposition to the agricultural laws.”

11:38 (IST)19 Nov 2021
Historic victory of farmers on Gurupurab: SAD supremo Badal

Hailing the Centre's announcement to repeal farm laws as a victory of farmers, SAD supremo Parkash Singh Badal on Friday said no government should enact such "insensitive and cruel laws" again. "A defining moment in history and a historic victory of farmers on Gurupurab," Badal said in a statement.

His remarks came after Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in an address to the nation this morning, announced that the government has decided to repeal the three farm laws, which were at the centre of protests by farmers for the past year. Talking about the laws, Badal said, "It was for the first time in the history of  democratic governments that brazen and cruel laws were made without even taking the stakeholders on board. No govt should ever do such an insensitive and cruel thing again," he asserted. (PTI)   

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday announced the Centre's decision to roll back the three farm laws.

The Prime Minister chose the occasion of Guru Nanak Jayanti to announce the repeal of the three laws, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, the Farmers Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act 2020.

“Today is the holy festival of light of Guru Nanak Dev Ji. This is not the time to blame anyone,” PM Modi said.

Meanwhile, terming PM's announcement to withdraw the three contentious farm laws as a beginning, Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait reiterated that the protesting farmers will return to their homes only after the decision is duly passed by the Parliament. He also stressed that the government should talk to farmers over the issue of minimum support price (MSP) of crops and other matters.

“The protest will not be withdrawn immediately, we will wait for the day when the farm laws are repealed in Parliament. Along with MSP, the government should talk to farmers on other issues too,” Tikait tweeted in Hindi.

 

 

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First published on: 19-11-2021 at 08:31:02 am
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