Srinagar, Nov 19: The three controversial farm laws at the heart of massive farmer protests across the country for over a year will be withdrawn, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said during his address to the nation on Friday morning,
Reports said that the announcement came on the Guru Purab festival, when Sikhism founder Guru Nanak’s birthday is celebrated across India, mainly in Punjab, where elections will be held in three months.
“Maybe something was lacking in our Tapasya (efforts), which is why we could not convince some farmers about the laws. But today is Prakash Parv, not the time to blame anyone. Today, I want to tell the country that we have decided to repeal the three farm laws,” PM Modi said.
He said that in the Parliament session starting at the end of this month, they will complete the process of repealing the three laws.
The Prime Minister began with a defence of the laws saying they were meant as reforms, mainly for small and marginal farmers in the country, but some farmers were convinced, others were not. “Whatever I did was for farmers. What I am doing is for the country.”
Notably, thousands of farmers from Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan have been camping outside Delhi since November 2020, demanding that the laws be withdrawn. (kns)