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Monday, March 27 2023

Farmers celebrate after PM Modi announces to repeal farm laws

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Vijayapura: Announcement by Prime Minister Narendra Modi that his government will repeal three farm laws in the coming Parliament Session, has sent a great sense of joy and elation among the farmers’ and pro-farmers’ unions of the District who celebrated the decision as their victory on Friday November 19.

The unions under the banner of Samyukta Kisan Morcha were holding protests in solidarity with the farmers who are protesting in Delhi and other parts of the country against the three farm laws which they have termed as ‘black laws’.

“Certainly, it is the victory of farmers of the country and every person in the world who has supported the protest against the three farm laws. The farmers have got the victory for the longest protest held in the country against any farm law,” said Bhagwan Reddy, a veteran communist leader. He said that all farmers and trade unions affiliated to the communist party had been supporting the farmers’ protest from day one.

Expressing happiness over the announcement, he however asserted that the Modi Government has taken the decision not out of concern for the farmers but for the fear of losing elections to be held in Uttar Pradesh and Punjab.

“Clearly, the BJP Government is worried after losing the West Bengal election and by-elections in Uttarakhand where the party suffered a major setback. The farmers played a critical role in the defeat of the BJP by opposing the party in those elections. Now, the party does not wish to take any chance of losing elections in Uttar Pradesh and Punjab where the farmers’ protest has become intense. Hence, the Modi government decided to repeal the law,” he said.

Another farmer leader Bhimshi Kaladagi echoed similar sentiments and said that if the Modi Government had real concern for the farmers, then it should have withdrawn the laws long ago.

“Everyone knows how the farmers suffered during the prolonged protest. Over 700 farmers died during the protest. Instead of displaying some concern and sympathy for the farmers, the BJP leaders and a section of media branded the farmers as terrorists, agents of Pakistan and Khalistanis. Every effort was made to suppress the voices and discredit the protest. Cases were filed against the farmers and even they were killed in Lakhimpur of Uttar Pradesh by mowing them down under the speeding vehicle. At that time, neither Modi nor any of his cabinet colleagues showed any concern for the farmers. Now, when the BJP is going for polls in UP and Punjab, Modi announces to withdraw the laws. He however did not say a word on the death of hundreds of farmers,” he said.

He however made it clear that the protest will continue till the Government not only officially withdraws the laws but also makes Minimum Support Price a law, withdraws all cases filed against the farmers and offers adequate compensation to the farmers who died during the protest.

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