The Bharatiyan Kisan Union’s (BKU) Ugrahan faction on Friday welcomed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement to repeal the three contentious farm laws.
In his address to the nation on the occasion of Guru Nanak Jayanti, Mr. Modi said the three farm laws will be repealed in the coming Winter session of Parliament.
Various farmers unions have been protesting at the borders of the national capital since last year to demand repeal of three farm laws.
An Arya Samaji saint from Baghpat preparing to hold a havan at the Ghazipur border after PM Modi’s announcement to repeal the three farm laws, on Friday.
The Samyukt Kisan Morcha, a platform of protesting farm unions has welcomed the decision to repeal three contentious farm laws as a “historic victory”, but noted that its struggle includes other demands regarding remunerative prices and electricity rates. It has not yet taken a decision on whether or when to withdraw its year long agitation.
Many leaders across the political spectrum have reacted to the Prime Minister’s announcement on repealing the farm laws.
Modi’s ‘tactical move’ won’t help BJP in the elections: Raju Shetti
Remarking that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s repeal of the controversial farm laws that elicited massive countrywide farmer protests proved that democracy was still “alive and well” in the country, farmer leader and Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana (SSS) chief Raju Shetti on Friday said that this ‘tactical move’ would not help swing the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) fortunes in the upcoming Assembly elections in five states.
Speaking to The Hindu from Kolhapur, Mr. Shetti said that the Centre’s backing down in face of collective farmer protests was “a historic occasion”, while contending that Mr. Modi’s announcement to repeal the contentious laws would have made a greater impact had it been done on January 26 this year itself.
“It is now almost a year since farmers from the Punjab, Haryana and other places began their mega-protests, which were peaceful in nature…during this while, the BJP-ruled Centre tried every trick in their book to defame and break the protests movement, and when these failed, tried to incite violence. However, the farmers firmly stood their ground and the Centre had to rollback these anti-farmer laws,” said the SSS chief.
Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha (KRRS) leader Badgalpura Nagendra said that the development is a proof that Government of the day has to bow and listen to the voice of the people.
Terming it as historic the KRRS leader said despite differences of views on various issues, the country was one and had united against the farm laws forcing the Government to repeal it.
The farmers braved the elements of nature including the scorching heat, biting cold and rain but did not relent and the struggle continued for one year forcing the Government to withdraw the laws, said Mr.Nagendra.
Chamaras Malipatil, Honarary president of Karnataka Rajya Raita Sangh, has said that Centre has taken decision eyeing on the coming assembly elections in Punjab and Uttar Pradesh.
Talking over phone, he said ” I welcome the decision. However, farmers will continue fight until Centre withdraw the laws by declaring in the sessions” .
BKU national spokesperson Rakesh Tikait: The agitation will not taken back immediately, he says. “We will wait for the laws to be repealed in the Parliament.” The government should hold talks on the demand of guaranteed MSP and other farmer issues, he adds.
Kisan Ekta Morcha: #FarmersProtest #KisanMajdoorEktaZindabaad,” says a tweet from Kisan Ekta Morcha, the official handle for the Samyukt Kisan Morcha.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi: “Country’s annadatas have made arrogance bow its head through satyagraha. Congratulations on this victory against injustice. Jai Hind, Jai Hind ka Kisan.”
Mr. Gandhi also tweeted a short video clip of his press interaction on January 14 in which he said,”The government will have to take back these laws. Mark my words”.
Haryana Deputy CM Dushyant Chautala: Repeal of farm laws should be seen as gift from PM Modi to protesting farmers on Gurupurab.
Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu: Repealing of black laws a step in the right direction…. Satyagrah of Kisan morcha gets historic success….You’re sacrifice has paid dividends…. Revival of farming in Punjab through a road map should be the top priority for the Punjab govt ….accolades.
Samajwadi Party U.P. president Naresh Uttam: The BJP was forced to take a decision to repeal the three farm laws due to the huge crowds of farmers and youth turning up at the rath yatra of Akhilesh Yadav.
P. Chidambaram: “What cannot be achieved by democratic protests can be achieved by the fear of impending elections! Anyway, it is a great victory for the farmers and for the Congress party which was unwavering in its opposition to the farm laws.
Rashtriya Lok Dal president Jayant Chaudhary: This is a victory of the farmers. We are all one, a victory for the nation.
Former Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh: “Great news! Thankful to PM @narendramodi ji for acceding to the demands of every punjabi & repealing the 3 black laws on the pious occasion of #GuruNanakJayanti. I am sure the central govt will continue to work in tandem for the development of Kisani! #NoFarmers_NoFood @AmitShah,” Mr. Singh said in a tweet.
BKU Ugrahan faction leader Joginder Singh Ugrahan: Decision to repeal farm laws is a good move by PM Modi. All farmer unions will sit together and decide future course of action.
(With inputs from our Correspondents, agencies)