Kerala Assembly Special One Day Session Begins, CM Pinarayi Vijayan Moves Resolution Against Farm Laws
Kerala’s legislative assembly will hold a special one-day session on Thursday to pass a resolution against new agricultural laws that have sparked widespread protests.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan introduced a resolution saying that the country is in a difficult situation and that the state government has a duty to support agitated farmers. The resolution also said that the uproar that took place in difficult conditions and inclement weather failed to stand against it in the eyes of the Union government.
“The three laws will only help large corporate companies,” the prime minister said.
Congress and all other parties have supported the resolution. The Deputy Leader of Congress, KC Joseph, even criticized the governor for delaying permission to convene the chamber.
O Rajagopal, the only member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), will also attend the session.
Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan on Monday gave his consent to convene the state assembly for a special one-day session on December 31. The governor’s assent came after the Left Democratic Front (LDF) government led by the CPI-M submitted a new proposal to convene the assembly after rejecting an earlier recommendation.
The duration of the session is expected to be one hour.
The governor had previously rejected approval for the December 23 special session to discuss contentious laws, saying the prime minister 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 any solutions.”
Vijayan had sent a letter to Khan in which he described his decision as regrettable and stated that the governor was bound by the council of the Council of Ministers and that the adoption of resolutions and the conduct of debates in the assembly “cannot be regulated by powers. governor “.
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 been saying that these fears are misplaced. A new round of talks took place on Wednesday, the sixth in a month, in which the Center agreed to the demand to avoid farmers high fines for burning crop residues, as provided in an anti-pollution ordinance, and to continue the current mechanism for granting subsidized energy for agricultural use.
However, the two main demands for the repeal of three new agricultural laws and a legal guarantee of minimum support prices have not yet been discussed.
The government did not accept these core demands on Wednesday and postponed them until the next round of talks on January 4, in which farmers agreed to participate.