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Kerala Governor Says “No” to Special Assembly Session to Pass Resolution Against Central Farm Laws | India News


THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan rejected the approval of a special session of the assembly scheduled for Wednesday to discuss and pass a resolution against the three controversial central agricultural laws, against which farmers have been protesting near Delhi .
Khan’s decision on Tuesday sparked a strong response from the government side with Agriculture Minister VS Sunil Kumar calling it “undemocratic” while opposition congressional leader Ramesh Chennithala said it was unfortunate and against “values. democratic “.
The state BJP welcomed the governor’s action, saying that the attempt to pass a resolution against laws passed by Parliament and with the president’s consent was unconstitutional.
Assembly Speaker P Sreeramakrishnan said the governor’s decision is unprecedented, adding that the state government can make a decision after considering all legal aspects.
The decision to convene the one-day special session was made by the CPI-M-led LDF government at a cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Monday.
The session would not take place on Wednesday, as the governor did not grant a sanction, assembly sources told PTI.
While Vijayan’s office had said that the session was intended to discuss the agricultural acts against which farmers have carried out agitations across the country, Finance Minister Thomas Isaac in a tweet said that Kerala was in “total solidarity “with the farmers’ struggle and that the session would discuss and ‘reject’ the laws.
After the government forwarded the decision to convene the session, Khan asked for clarification on the urgency of the session and the Chief Minister responded, the sources said.
By the way, a regular session of the assembly has already been planned for January 8th and is likely to continue until January 28th.
The government had convened a similar special session of the assembly in December last year that passed a resolution demanding the removal of the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Act, making it the first state in the country to take such action at that time.
Sunil Kumar said Tuesday that the governor’s decision was “undemocratic” and that an unprecedented situation had been created.
The matter will be discussed once Vijayan, now on tour of Kollam and Pathanamthitta districts, returns here and an appropriate decision is made, he told reporters here.
Chennithala said that Kerala’s voice against the agricultural laws, the repeal of which is being demanded by farmers protesting on the Delhi borders for almost a month, should be raised in the assembly.
However, the governor’s decision, citing technical reasons that there was no urgency to convene the special session, was against democratic values, the opposition leader in the state assembly said in a statement.
Agitations were taking place across the country against agricultural laws that also affect Kerala farmers, he said, adding that because of this the opposition decided to support the decision of the state government to convene the special session, discuss and pass a resolution against the three centrals. laws.
He also said that even if the governor had not approved the session, all MLAs can meet in a room within the assembly complex and pass the resolution.
The BJP state chairman K Surendran in a statement said that the three laws were passed by both houses of Parliament, the president had given his consent and they have come into effect.
The government and opposition’s attempt to pass a resolution against the three agricultural laws was “insulting democracy,” he claimed, adding that it was also unconstitutional.
The decision of the special session was made in the context of thousands of farmers, especially from Punjab and Haryana, who camped at various borders of Delhi for almost four weeks demanding the repeal of the three agricultural laws.
Farmers fear the new laws will pave the way for the dismantling of the Minimum Livelihood Price (MSP) mechanism and the mandi system, leaving them at the “mercy” of large corporations.
But the government has said these fears are misplaced and has offered to hold further talks with them to resolve the crisis.

Times of India