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Kerala Governor Consents to One-Day Assembly Session on December 31 on Agricultural Laws | India News


THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan gave his consent on Monday to convene the state assembly for a special one-day session on December 31 to discuss and pass a resolution against the three controversial core agricultural laws against which the farmers are waving in delhi.
Raj Bhavan sources told PTI that the governor had given his go-ahead for the session, days after the CPI-M-led LDF government submitted a new proposal to convene the assembly after he rejected an earlier recommendation.
Even for the December 31 session, Khan asked for some clarification and the government had provided it.
The session will last one hour and will begin at 9 am, sources from the assembly said.
In an unprecedented move, the governor had previously rejected approval for the December 23 special session to discuss the contentious laws, saying that Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had not addressed the question posed by him about the nature of the emergency. which justified a very short session.
In a letter to Vijayan, the governor had also stated that the government wanted the special session to “discuss a problem for which it has no jurisdiction to offer any solution.”
Vijayan had sent a letter to Khan on Tuesday describing his decision as regrettable while stating that the governor was bound by the council of the Council of Ministers and that the adoption of resolutions and the conduct of discussions in the assembly “cannot be regulated by powers of attorney. governor”.
One day after the state cabinet again decided on December 24 to recommend convening the session, state law minister AK Balan and agriculture minister VS Sunil Kumar had met with Khan on Friday.
They later said that the interaction was “positive” and expressed hope that the governor would make a proper decision.
The chairman of the assembly, P Sreeramakrishnan, had met with the governor at the Raj Bhavan on Saturday to invite him to the usual policy speech for the budget session that begins on January 8.
On the sidelines of the meeting, the governor and the president also discussed the recommendation of the December 31 session.
Vijayan had defended the measure saying that Kerala was highly dependent on other states for food grains and, at the national level, the agricultural sector and the farming community faced serious problems.
“Therefore, the problems faced by farmers in other parts of the country are of great concern to our state. As it is a matter of common interest to the state and the country, it will be appropriate to discuss it in the state Legislative Assembly,” he added . he had said after the new cabinet decision.
A large number of farmers, mainly from Punjab and Haryana, are demanding the repeal of the laws, claiming that they would pave the way for the dismantling of the Minimum Sustenance Price (MSP) mechanism and the mandi system, leaving them at the “mercy” of large corporations.
The government has said these fears are misplaced and offered to hold further talks and resolve the issues.

Times of India