MSP law in India On the first day of the Winter session, Parliament passed a bill repealing three contentious agricultural laws that have been the subject of farmer protests for over a year, with the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha giving their approval in quick succession amid an uproar on the first day of the Winter session without any debate, as the opposition demanded.
Even though the repeal bill was passed by voice vote minutes after it was introduced, opposition members continued to demonstrate, demanding a discussion on farmers’ issues, such as the legal sanctity of the minimum support price (MSP) for crops and compensation for the families of farmers who died during the year-long agitation.
The Farm Laws Repeal Bill, 2021, now awaits President Ram Nath Kovind’s signature to become law.
The Samyukt Kisan Morcha, hailing the move as a victory for the protesters; called an emergency meeting on Wednesday to discuss the next steps.
Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, who introduced the repeal bill in both Houses, said Prime Minister. Narendra Modi had kept his word by bringing the bill on the first day of the Winter session of Parliament.
Modi “showed a big heart,” he said “Tomar sought the members; support for the repeal of the laws by announcing it on Guru Nanak Jayanti, November 19th, without a debate. Noting that both the government and the opposition are in favor of repealing the three laws.
He also chastised Congress for applying a “double standard” to immigration “On the laws; the party’s election manifesto mentioned the need for reforms in the agricultural sector.
Moreover Tomar responded to the opposition’s charge that he was not allowing a debate by saying that there was agreement; on the issue because both the government and opposition parties wanted the laws repealed.