Rakesh Tikait successfully led the year-long farmer protests against the new farm laws, forcing the Centre to repeal them just ahead of the assembly elections.
“The bigger issue of MSP persists in the country. It will be a great relief if the MSP is granted.”
As parties start preparing for the upcoming elections in Punjab, the recent repeal of the Farm Laws seems do have had any effect on BJP's popularity in the state.
Mocking the BJP's constant claim that the state benefited because the same party led the governments in UP and at the Centre, he said, “This double-engine government has completely failed. These double engines are colliding with each other.”
"The issue of law and order falls under the jurisdiction of state governments. So they will take a decision in this regard," Tomar said when asked about the withdrawal of cases registered against the farmers during their agitation.
Gandhi has submitted the bill in Parliament but it is yet to be introduced. MPs can pilot private members' bill in their personal capacity irrespective of their party affiliations.
Farmers returning to their homes, after year long protest at Delhi border against now repealed three farm laws, were accorded warm reception with sweets and garlands as they passed on their tractors in the neighbouring states.
The farmers are preparing to go home after more than a year of protest at Delhi borders during which they endured harsh Delhi winter, scorching summer, police pushback, the rampaging coronavirus pandemic and the persistent complaint that their agitation inconvenienced thousands of commuters daily.
Farmers’ agitation suspended: The modified tractors fitted with music systems started snarling through the protest camping site at Singhu, the farmers chanted slogans and danced to the Punjabi songs, celebrating their unity.
Farmers will start vacating Delhi border points from Dec 11, this may take some time, says farmer leader Rakesh Tikait.
The Samyukta Kisan Morcha meeting, which was being held on Wednesday evening, will decide the future course of the movement.
The SKM also said that the President of India has given his assent to the farm laws repeal bill passed by both Houses of Parliament and a gazette notification has been issued to give effect to the repeal.
NC president and MP Farooq Abdullah led the protest in front of the Gandhi Statue in Parliament lawns and also demanded a judicial probe into the recent encounters in Srinagar's Hyderpora and Rambagh, besides Lawaypora in the outskirts of the city in December last year.
Accused by the opposition of not allowing a discussion on the bill to repeal three contentious farm reform laws, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said on Monday that there was unanimity on the issue as both the government and opposition parties wanted to nullify the legislations.
The Parliament on Monday passed The Farm Laws Repeal Bill, 2021 to annul the three farm laws against which farmers have been protesting for over a year, with its passage in the Rajya Sabha shortly after the Lok Sabha did it. The Lower House had passed the repeal bill within minutes of its introduction.
Parliament passed a bill to repeal the three agri laws, which had triggered an agitation by farmer unions, on the first day of the Winter Session on Monday with Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha approving it without any debate within minutes of taking it up amid protests by opposition members who were demanding a discussion.
Both Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha passed The Farm Laws Repeal Bill, 2021.
During the course of the agitation, many farmers lost their lives to the harsh weather, alleged use of force by the state and violent attacks on farmers' lives notably the incident that happened in Lakhimpur Kheri where farmers were allegedly run over by fast moving vehicles.
A farmer sits near his red chillies at a deserted APMC market, during the weekend curfew imposed by the Karnataka government to curb the spread of COVID-19, in Hubballi.PTI Photo
Delhi Chief Minister & AAP National Convenor Arvind Kejriwal being welcomed by women supporters during his door-to-door campaign ahead of the Goa Assembly elections, in Goa.PTI Photo
A health worker collects swab sample of a woman for COVID-19 test, amid concerns over rising Omicron cases, in Gurugram.PTI Photo
Traffic jam on a road at Shalimar Bagh during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.PTI Photo/ Shahbaz Khan
The Lajpat Nagar market wears a deserted look during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.PTI Photo/ Shahbaz Khan
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