Farm laws: Victory of farmers, defeat of arrogance, says state agri min. How others in Jharkhand react to PM’s announcement

Ranchi: JMM-Congress-RJD alliance government in Jharkhand on Friday welcomed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement to repeal the three contentious farm laws. Addressing the nation on the occasion of Guruparab today, Modi announced: “Today I have come to tell you, the whole country, that we have decided to withdraw all three agricultural laws. In the Parliament session starting later this month, we will complete the constitutional process to repeal these three agricultural laws.”

He added, “When I was given the opportunity to serve the country as Prime Minister in 2014, we gave the highest priority to agriculture development and farmer welfare. We not only increased the MSP, but also created a record number of government procurement centers. The procurement of the produce made by our government has broken the records of the last several decades.

“The objective of the three farm laws was that the farmers of the country, especially small farmers should be strengthened, they should get the right price for their produce and maximum options to sell the produce. These laws were brought for the welfare of farmers, specially small farmers, in the interest of the agriculture sector, for a bright future of ‘gaanv-gareeb’ – village-poor, with full integrity, clear conscience and dedication towards farmers. Such a sacred thing, absolutely pure, a matter of farmers’ interest, we could not explain to some farmers despite our efforts. Agricultural economists, scientists, progressive farmers also tried their best to make them understand the importance of agricultural laws.”

Lawmakers in Jharkhand dubbed it as the victory of country’s annadatas. Jharkhand Agriculture minister Badal Patralekh tweeted: “It’s victory of the struggle and protests by farmers and defeat of arrogance.”

Agriculture minister Badal Patralekh’s tweet.

His cabinet colleague and Seraikela MLA of JMM, Champai Soren too issued a similar tweet.

JMM MLA and transport minister Champai Soren’s tweet

Former chief minister and BJP’s leader of legislative party Babulal Marandi hailed how the Centre worked with right intention and welcomed PM’s decision.

BJP’s leader of legislative party Babulal Marandi’s tweet

In Jharkhand too, opposition parties backed farm bodies staged several stirs and protests against the contentious farm laws since its passage from the Parliament about a year back.