Repealing three farm laws shows Modi government"s sensitivity: K"taka CM Bommai

  • | Friday | 19th November, 2021

Bengaluru, Nov 19 (PTI) Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Friday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi"s decision to repeal the three contentious farms laws showed his sensitivity. Rejecting the claim that the government bowed to the year-long protest, Bommai said that the three laws were part of the liberalisation and globalisation process started in 1991-92 and were in line with the previous United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government"s agreement with the World Trade Organisation (WTO). "It is not a question of bowing. This process of liberalisation and globalisation started in 1991-"92. As part of it, various laws were to be formulated. Further, the UPA government had signed an agreement with the WTO. Agriculture Reforms and the Agriculture Marketing Reforms were also part of it," Bommai claimed. According to him, the draft bill was pending during the UPA government and a decision was taken after bringing certain changes and taking consensus of all the states to give proper returns to the farmers. "However, the farmers of Punjab, Haryana and other states insisted for a regulated market system and held protests for one year," Bommai said. He also said that Modi tried to convince the farmer leaders but they did not agree. "The Prime Minister has announced withdrawing all the three laws in the upcoming parliament session. It is a sensitive government. We have responded to the farmers" demand," Bommai said. He denied that the decision to repeal the three laws had anything to do with the forthcoming elections in five states. "We had won by-elections even in the midst of protests. The decision has no connection with the election in five states. The Prime Minister felt that some more discussions were necessary and accordingly, the government felt that withdrawing the farm laws will build confidence among people," Bommai explained. Former Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa too welcomed Prime Minister"s decision to repeal the three laws. "The Prime Minister has announced withdrawing the three laws. The farmers were agitating against them. On behalf of the farmers of the country, I congratulate him," Yediyurappa told reporters. On the occasion of 552nd Prakash Parva or the birth anniversary of the first Sikh Guru Nanak Dev on Friday, Modi announced repealing the three contentious laws. Most of the agitators were holding protests around Delhi and other parts of North India for over a year demanding that the government withdraw the three laws saying they were anti-farmer. These laws are: The Farmers" Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, and The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act. PTI GMS SS SS

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