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Kerala will become the fifth state to circumvent the agricultural laws of the center | India News


NEW DELHI: After a controversy, Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan on Monday gave his consent to the state government to convene a special session on December 31. The Pinarayi Vijayan government had previously tried to convene a special session on December 23, which was rejected by the governor. However, with approval finally coming in, Kerala is on track to pass a resolution against the contentious farm laws.
In the process, Kerala will become the fifth state to circumvent agricultural laws enacted by the Narendra Modi government in September.
The governor gave his consent to the session, days after the CPI (M)-led LDF government sent a new proposal to convene the assembly after having rejected an earlier recommendation.
Even for the December 31 session, Khan requested some clarification provided by the government.
The session would last one hour and would begin at 9 am, sources from the assembly told the agencies.
In an unprecedented move, the governor had previously refused the December 23 special session to discuss the contentious laws, saying that Prime Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had not addressed the question posed by him about the nature of the emergency justifying the very short session.
In a letter to Vijayan, Khan had also stated that the government wanted the special session to “discuss a problem for which it has no jurisdiction to offer a solution.”
Vijayan wrote a letter to Khan on Tuesday describing his decision as regrettable while stating that the governor was bound by the council of ministers and that the adoption of resolutions and the conduct of discussions in the assembly “cannot be regulated by the powers of the 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.
While Kerala will pass a resolution against farm laws on December 31, four states, all of which are not governed by the BJP, have already done so.
While three, Punjab, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan, are governed by Congress, the fourth, Delhi, is governed by the supreme and chief minister of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Arvind Kejriwal.
The prime minister of Delhi sparked a controversy by breaking copies of the agricultural laws during the special session.
All of these four states have passed their own laws in assemblies to circumvent the Center’s farm laws.
Meanwhile, the Center on Monday invited 40 protesting farmers’ unions for the next round of talks on December 30 on all relevant issues to find a “logical solution” with an “open mind” to the prolonged stalemate on the three new agricultural laws.
The invitation for the resumption of the stalled talks came in the wake of a proposal made by the unions on Saturday to hold the sixth round on December 29, even as Prime Minister Narendra Modi claimed that his government will continue to work to strengthen farmers. and the agricultural sector with “full dedication.”
The unions agreed “in principle” to join the talks, but insisted that the meeting’s agenda should include discussion of the modalities to repeal the three laws enacted in September that remain the main demand.
As the number of farmers agitating at the epicenter of the protest at the Singhu border point in Delhi since November 28 increased with new protesters joining the uproar, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said that A “wall of lies” has been spread in a “planned way” among farmers farm laws, but it won’t last long and protesters will soon realize the truth. Tomar also said he is hopeful for an early solution to the impasse.
In a letter to the farmers’ unions, Agriculture Secretary Sanjay Aggarwal invited them to the talks at 2 pm Wednesday at Vigyan Bhavan in the national capital. The last formal meeting took place on December 5, in which the union leaders had demanded from the government a clear answer of “yes or no” for the repeal of the three agricultural laws.
Noting the unions’ offer to resume talks, Aggarwal said: “The government is also committed to finding a logical solution on all relevant issues with a clear intention and an open mind.”

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