Sonia to Akhilesh, Stalin to Mamata: Victory for farmers, PM eye on polls

As Prime Minister Narendra Modi introduced a repeal of the three farm legal guidelines, the Opposition referred to as it a victory for farmers, with Congress president Sonia Gandhi saying she hopes the federal government has “drawn some lessons for the future” and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav dismissing the PM’s apology for the federal government’s lack of ability to persuade the farmers in regards to the legal guidelines as “jhoot ki maafi (fake apology) with an eye on votes”.

From the Congress to Left events and regional gamers such because the TMC, AAP, RJD, BSP, RLD and DMK – events that backed the stir towards the agricultural legal guidelines over the past one yr – welcomed the announcement on the repeal of the legal guidelines, with a few of them arguing that the choice to repeal the legal guidelines was taken by the federal government fearing setbacks within the forthcoming Assembly elections.

The Congress hit out on the Prime Minister, asking him to apologise to the farming group and to the households of the farmers who died throughout the protest.

In an announcement, Sonia Gandhi mentioned the repeal of the farm legal guidelines was a victory of reality, justice and non-violence. “The conspiracy that was hatched by those in power against the farmers and workers was defeated today and so was the arrogance of dictatorial rulers. In a democracy, decisions should be taken after discussions with all, with the agreement of those impacted and taking the opinion of the Opposition. I hope the Modi government has at least drawn some lessons for the future,” she mentioned.

“I hope the Prime Minister and the BJP government will leave their stubbornness and arrogance and will focus on implementing policies for farmers’ welfare, will ensure MSP for them and will evolve a consensus with state governments, farmer organisations and Opposition parties before taking any such step in the future,” she added.

Senior Congress chief Rahul Gandhi wrote an open letter to the farmers congratulating them for the best way they “fought the arrogance of a dictatorial leader in a Gandhian way and forced him to take back his decision.” It is an “unmatched example of victory of truth over falsehood”, he mentioned.

Saying the battle just isn’t over, Rahul mentioned points similar to offering remunerative MSP for farmers, scrapping of the Electricity (Amendment) Bill, elimination of tax on agricultural implements, rolling again the hike in costs of diesel and giving aid from debt to farmers and agricultural employees are nonetheless to be resolved.

“I want to tell the PM that farmers know what is good and bad for them. By playing into the hands of some capitalists, do not indulge in a conspiracy again to enslave farmers… The Prime Minister should, according to his promise, take steps to ensure that the income of farmers is doubled by 2022,” Rahul mentioned.

West Bengal Chief Minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee tweeted: “My heartfelt congratulations to every single farmer who fought relentlessly and were not fazed by the cruelty with which @BJP4India treated you. This is YOUR VICTORY!” The Samyuk Kisan Morcha leaders had campaigned towards the BJP in Bengal forward of the Assembly polls earlier this yr.

Addressing a press convention in Lucknow, SP chief Akhilesh Yadav mentioned, “Saaf nahi hai inka dil, chunav baad phir layenge Bill (Their intentions are not good, they will bring back the Bills after elections).” Referring to the PM’s apology to farmers, he mentioned, “Those who have apologised should promise to quit politics forever. They think that this fake apology will help them come back to power… They want votes.”

Both the BSP and AAP demanded compensation and authorities jobs for the households of the farmers who died. “This decision should have been taken much earlier by the Central Government,” mentioned BSP chief Mayawati.

Delhi Chief Minister and AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal referred to as the Centre’s choice on the legal guidelines “a victory for the country’s democracy”. Apart from getting a decision towards the legal guidelines handed within the Delhi Assembly, the AAP authorities had supplied logistical help to the protesting farmers by putting in cellular bogs and water tankers at Singhu and Tikri borders, whereas additionally refusing the Delhi Police permission to transform stadiums into makeshift jails.

CPM normal secretary Sitaram Yechury requested PM Modi to apologise for the hardships and hassle brought on by his “dictatorial step” to “benefit his crony business partners”.

AICC normal secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra requested why the federal government was ready for the Winter Session of Parliament to start out earlier than repealing the legal guidelines. “The government brings ordinances for so many small issues, why not for this?”, she requested.

Senior Congress chief P Chidambaram mentioned the Prime Minister’s “announcement on the withdrawal of the three farm laws is not inspired by a change of policy or a change of heart. It is impelled by fear of elections!”

He then added: “If there is fear of losing the next election, the PM will: Admit that demonetisation was a Himalayan blunder, admit that the GST laws were poorly drafted and implemented in a hostile manner, admit that Chinese troops have intruded into Indian territory and occupied our land, admit that the CAA is a patently discriminatory law, admit that the Rafale deal was dishonest and requires to be investigated, admit that the acquisition and use of Pegasus spyware were illegal.”

Addressing a press convention, Congress communication division head Randeep Surjewala requested the prime minister to apologise to the farmers for the “pain” inflicted on them and requested the federal government “five questions”: “What is the roadmap for providing a minimum support price to farmers? What is the roadmap for doubling the income of farmers? What is the time limit for rolling back the hike in excise duty of diesel which is hitting the farmers hard? When will the government take back GST imposed on farm implements including fertilizers, seeds, pesticides and tractors and what is your plan of action on farm loan waiver?”

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Okay Stalin additionally welcomed the Centre’s choice. “History teaches us that people’s wishes shall prevail in a democracy,” he mentioned. The DMK authorities had handed a decision within the Assembly towards the farm legal guidelines in August.


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