A week before the first anniversary of the globally acknowledged farmers agitation of 2020 against the governments imposing the 3 Farm Laws, the Narendra Modi government took a U-Turn today and the controversial 3 Farm Laws were withdrawn.
"We have decided to repeal all 3 farm laws, will begin the procedure at the Parliament session that begins this month. I urge farmers to return home to their families and let's start afresh" - PM Narendra Modi
Rakesh Tikait, one of the prominent leaders of the Farmers Agitation (Kisaan Andolan) had earlier announced that the Farmers will lead a Sansad March on 29 November. After the Prime Ministers announcement on repealing the controversial laws, Tikait said that the agitation will not be taken back and that the farmers body will wait for the legislation to be amended. He added that the agitation was not only for the farm laws but also that the Sanyukt Kisan Morcha had other points such as the MSP. PM Modi has said in his public announcement today at 9am that the legislation will be withdrawn by the end of this month.
Welcoming the decision by the Modi government, Chief Minister of Bengal Mamta Banerjee tweeted her condolences to those who lost their lives in the agitation, while at the same time expressing support for the farmers and appreciating their relentless stand against the "unfazed curelty of the BJP goverment...".
My heartfelt congratulations to every single farmer who fought relentlessly and were not fazed by the cruelty with which @BJP4India treated you. This is YOUR VICTORY!— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) November 19, 2021
My deepest condolences to everyone who lost their loved ones in this fight.#FarmLaws
Meanwhile the former Chief Minister of Punjab Captain Amrinder Singh who has fallen out with the Congress Party said that he welcomes the move by the BJP and will support the BJP in its efforts towards the benefit of farmers. Former Finance Minister P Chidambaram welcomed the move but added that it was political expediency in the light of the upcoming Uttar Pradesh elections and not a change of heart.