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Kerala passes resolution against the farm laws

THIRUVANANTHAMPURAM, JAN 1: On Thursday the Kerala state assembly passed resolution against the contentious farm laws demanding their revocation by the Central Government. The special session was proposed by the state’s CM Pinarayi Vijayan to discuss the issue in the house . Earlier it was proposed on 23rd of December, the permission for which was dismissed by the Governor Arif Mohammad Khan observing that the state wanted to discuss the matter on which it has no ‘jurisdiction to offer any solution.’

The resolution emphasized that the laws would strengthen the corporates and would weaken the bargaining power of the farmers. Moreover, the laws lack protection mechanisms for them. The government withdrawal from procurement would “jeopardize the distribution of food and food security and lead to an increase in hoarding and black marketeering.” reported The Hindu.

The laws were passed without referring it to the standing committee of the parliament and Kerala being a consumer state would be affected by the agitation, remarked Pinarayi Vijayan. The resolution was passed unanimously by the Government and the opposition United Democratic Front (UDF).

The lone BJP MLA in Kerala, O Rajagopalachari backed it too. Initially, he objected to some points, but later supported it during voice vote, expressing it as a ‘general consensus’ and to keep up with the spirit of democracy. His support to the resolution stirred tension in the party. As per Hindustan times, the party’s state president K Surendran, said “there is no difference of opinion in the party. He is a senior leader and we didn’t think he will support the resolution. I will talk to him about this.”