Highlights:

  • Narendra Modi on Friday in a major decision affirmed repealing of the three controversial farms laws
  • Rahul Gandhi sharing a video on Twitter where he voiced that the government will be forced to take back farm laws
  • Rakesh Tikait, farmer leader asserted that the protest will continue till the laws are repealed in the Parliament

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday in a major decision affirmed repealing of the three controversial farm laws. The three farm laws were passed in the parliament last year. The announcement followed the Guru Purab festival, which is celebrated as Sikhism founder Guru Nanak’s birthday across India.

Since November 2020, the farmers have been protesting against the farm laws, demanding its withdrawal. Applauding the decision, Congress through its official Twitter handle remarked, “Farmers of our country have won”. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi shared a video on Twitter where he voiced that the government will be forced to take back farm laws wrote, “With their Satyagraha, annadata of the country made the head of arrogance hang low. Congratulations on this victory.”

While defending the farm laws, PM Modi in his address voiced, “Maybe something was lacking in our Tapasya, which is why we could not convince some farmers about the laws. But today is Prakash Parv, not the time to blame anyone. Today, I want to tell the country that we have decided to repeal the three farm laws.” The Prime Minister added that the farm laws were meant as reforms, especially for small and marginal farmers in India. He expressed that whatever he did was for the farmers and whatever he is doing is for the country.

Randeep Singh Nabha who is Punjab agriculture minister also welcomed the move and acknowledged the Prime Minister for taking recognition of the long outstanding demands of the farmers. He further urged the Union government to compensate the families of farmers who died during the agitation. Multiple Congress leaders and opposition leaders hailed the decision and congratulated the government.

Farmers from across Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, and other states have been demonstrating at Delhi borders in the 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 demonstrations carried on for almost a year as several rounds of talks continued to fail. Meanwhile, Rakesh Tikait, farmer leader asserted that the protest will continue till the laws are repealed in the Parliament, when a new session commences on November 29.

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