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Kerala to convene a special assembly session to reject new agricultural laws

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The Kerala government has decided to convene a special session of the assembly on Wednesday to reject new agricultural laws enacted by the Union government that have sparked large-scale protests in the country.

Prime Minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s office said the government will approach Governor Arif Mohammad Khan to convene a special session of the assembly. The opposition Congress and other parties have also pledged their support for the measure. In the house of 140 members, the Bharatiya Janata Party has only one legislator. During the one-hour session, a motion to reject these bills will be made and put to a vote.

Previously, the Delhi assembly had rejected the three agricultural laws, which had become a bone of contention, and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal later tore up copies of the bills in the house. Like Delhi, Kerala has also taken a consistent position from the beginning and announced its decision to move the Supreme Court against these laws. After its recent victory in polls by local bodies, the government has decided to be more vocal against the Center.

But the BJP has criticized the move, saying it was a politically motivated decision. “It is nothing more than a political stunt. It is as pointless as passing a resolution against the Citizenship Amendment Act. Both the CPI (M) and Congress are wasting public money on cheap political tricks, ”said Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, V Muraleedharan, from the state.

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