A bill to repeal three unpopular farm rules that have sparked enormous farmer demonstrations for over a year was passed in parliament today in just two hours, without debate, making it the fastest repeal of a law in independent India.
The Farm Laws Repeal Bill, 2021, was introduced at 12:06 p.m. and passed at 12:10 p.m. in the Lok Sabha. Despite strong objections from the opposing benches, the chamber adjourned in a matter of seconds. The Bill was also cleared in the Rajya Sabha shortly after.
The hurried procedures were sandwiched between repeated adjournments due to interruptions on the first day of parliament’s Winter Session.
The opposition had accused the administration of pushing through the three farm laws without any debate when they were passed in 2020.
The opposition claimed today that the administration sought to avoid questioning about Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s reversal on the bills soon before the elections.
“We urged that the repeal Bill be discussed in order to discuss the Lakhimpur Kheri event and instructions. The Bill has been passed without debate “On October 3, protesting farmers in Uttar Pradesh’s Lakhimpur Kheri were allegedly run down by an SUV driven by Union Minister Ajay Mishra’s son, according to Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury.
The opposition referred to Prime Minister Modi’s remarks just before the session began, in which he stated that the administration was prepared to answer all questions.
“Six repeal bills have been introduced in the past, but each time there has been debate. The government does not want the opposition to speak, according to reports “According to the Lok Sabha member.
After a quick back-and-forth across the chamber, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Tomar declared in the Rajya Sabha: “There is no need to hold a debate on the Bill. Allow it to pass.”
Shashi Tharoor, a Congress leader, too expressed severe displeasure with the government’s actions.
“They made a mistake. We intended to bring attention to the farmers’ demand for a law that ensures a minimum support price (MSP) and compensation for farmers killed in protests. However, the administration denied us that opportunity “NDTV quoted Mr Tharoor as saying.
“This regime is opposed to debate. They have a problem debating “Supriya Sule, a member of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), said as much.
The Bill will now be sent to the Rajya Sabha for consideration, according to Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi.
“The demand was for the farm bills to be repealed. It was even supported by the opposition. They began disrupting the house while we were delivering the bill. Why were they protesting in the first place? It was done on purpose “Mr. Joshi explained.
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