A crucial bill to cancel three contentious farm laws was passed in Lok Sabha amid protests over demands for a discussion by the opposition.
The Farm Laws Repeal Bill was passed in Lok Sabha without any discussion after it was introduced by Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar.
“When it is listed as consideration and passing of the Bill, why can’t there be a debate? This government, since 2014, has been passing and repealing Bills without any discussions. You have taken this house for a ride,” Indian Express quotes Congress floor leader Adhir Ranjan Choudhary as saying.
Earlier, Congress MPs, including party president Sonia Gandhi and former president Rahul Gandhi staged a protest in front of Mahatma Gandhi’s statue inside Parliament premises on Monday on the issue of farm laws.
Thousands of farmers, mainly from Punjab, Haryana, and Uttar Pradesh, have been protesting at Delhi’s border entry points since November 2020, seeking the withdrawal of the farm laws.
The laws 1) Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2) Farmers Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, and 3) Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act 2020 are draconian, according to the protesting farmers.
Farmers protest in the borders of Delhi was, at times, lauded as the largest protest gathering in human history.
Following a year-long agitation, in an address to the nation on November 19, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the repealing of the three Central farm laws.
“This (Farm Laws Repeal Bill, 2021 passed by Lok Sabha) 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,” Rakesh Tikait, one of the prominent faces of farmers’ protest responded.