BJP welcomes Kerala Governor move denying nod for special Assembly session against farm laws

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Thousands of farmers have been protesting on different borders of the national capital since November 26 against the three newly enacted farm laws.

 

Kerala BJP President K Surendran has welcomed the move by Governor Arif Mohammad Khan to reject the Speaker's recommendation to convene a special Assembly session to pass a resolution rejecting farm laws.

"The move by the ruling-opposition alliance to humiliate democracy was unconstitutional. Attempts to destroy country's federal system are not good for Kerala. Ruling-opposition front, which was affected by political blindness, was embarrassing Kerala," Surendran in a press release.

Meanwhile, BJP senior leader and MLA O Rajagopal has said that the stand of Kerala Governor is "courageous".

"The legislature does not have the power to question a law signed by the President, which is passed by a clear majority in both houses of the Indian Parliament. The speaker was trying to do something beyond his powers. The governor, who is responsible for protecting the constitution, blocked this attempt is the victory of democracy," Rajagopal quoted by news agency ANI as saying.

On Monday, a special cabinet meeting held in Kerala’s Thiruvananthapuram district had decided to convene a special assembly session on Wednesday to discuss farm laws passed by the Centre.

Thousands of farmers have been protesting on different borders of the national capital since November 26 against the three newly enacted farm laws.

The farmers' protest against the three agricultural sector laws passed by the central government in the last monsoon session entered 28th day, on Wednesday.

Farmers from different states have been camping at Delhi's Singhu, Tikri, Ghazipur and Chilla (Delhi-Noida) border points for more than three weeks.

The farmers are protesting against the Farmers' Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020, and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.

Farmers worry these laws will eliminate the safety net of MSP and do away with mandis that ensure earning. But the government says the MSP system will continue and the new laws will give farmers more options to sell their crop.

The government has held several rounds of talks with the farmers so far. On December 8, Union Home Minister Amit Shah had held a meeting with the 13 representatives of farm unions. However, a day later, farmer leaders rejected a proposal sent by the Centre.

 

With inputs from Agency

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