Parliament passes Bill to repeal Center’s three farm laws with a voice vote
Both the houses of the Parliament, on Monday, passed a bill (Farm Laws Repeal bill) to repeal the center’s three farm laws. The bill was passed in both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha within minutes of introduction.
The ‘Farm Laws Repeal Bill 2021’ was introduced first in the Lower House (Lok Sabha) by Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and within a few minutes, it was passed by the house amidst a huge demand by the opposition parties for a discussion. The leaders from the various opposition parties objected to the lack of discussion in the Lower House. In the afternoon, the bill was introduced in the Upper House (Rajya Sabha) by Union Minister Prahlad Joshi and was passed after a very short discussion. The bill will now be sent to the President of India, Ram Nath Kovind for his assent.
Soon as the Bill to repeal the three farm laws was passed in the Rajya Sabha, the house was adjourned by Rajya Sabha Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu amid sloganeering from the opposition benches. Targeting the government over the three farm laws, Congress leader and Wayanad MP Rahul Gandhi said, “Earlier, we had said that the govt will have to withdraw the farm laws, and today these laws were repealed. It is unfortunate that the farm laws were repealed without discussion. This government is scared of holding a discussion.”
The opposition party also alleged that the government purposely evaded the discussion to avoid the issue of minimum support price (MSP) for the farmers’ produce. Asked to comment on the repeal of the three agriculture bills , the Bharatiya Kisan Union leader, Rakesh Tikait said, “It is a tribute to all 750 farmers who lost their lives during the agitation. The protest will continue as other issues including MSP are still pending.” Tikait also said that the farmers will not leave the site and the protest will not be called off unless a discussion on MSP and other issues are addressed.
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