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Kerala: BJP MLA O Rajagopal turns 180 degrees, says “strongly opposed” to assembly resolution on farm laws | India News


THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader O Rajagopal, who had told the media on Thursday that he was “not opposed to the general consensus” in the Kerala assembly regarding agricultural laws, later released a statement stating that the central government was always ready for talks and “opposed the resolution” adopted by the assembly.
“I have strongly opposed the resolution against the agricultural laws in the assembly today. I did not oppose the central government. I said that the agricultural laws were very beneficial to the farmers. When the ruling and opposition MLAs claimed that the Prime Minister was not negotiating with farmers, he argued that the central government was always ready for talks, “Rajagopal said in a statement.
“I said that the peasant unions oppose dialogue only after withdrawing the agrarian laws is the reason that the protests continue for a long time. The statements that I am against the central government are unfounded,” he added.
Rajagopal, who is an MLA from the Nemom constituency in Thiruvananthapuram, said Congress had previously included similar farm laws in its manifesto.
“I have made it clear that Congress in its electoral manifesto had included similar agricultural laws and that the CPM has also demanded it through a resolution. The announcer did not ask during the vote about those who support the resolution and those who oppose it. to a single question without being asked separately, which is a violation of the rules, “he added.
Earlier, speaking to the media after the assembly session, Rajagopal said that he abstained from voting and did not oppose the resolution because people do not need to know these differences of opinion.
“I support this resolution. During the discussion, I opposed certain references made in the resolution against farm laws, but I do not oppose the general consensus reached by the House against farm laws,” he said.
With the only BJP MLA not objecting, the Kerala assembly passed the resolution unanimously against the three agricultural laws after it was proposed by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan at the special session.
The protesting farmers and the government held another round of talks on Wednesday and a consensus was reached on two of the four items on the agenda.
Agricultural leaders have been protesting on the borders of the national capital since November 26 against the recently enacted agricultural laws: the Trade in Agricultural Products and Trade (Promotion and Facilitation) Act of 2020, the Farmers Agreement (Empowerment and Protection ) on Agricultural Price Guarantee and Services Act 2020 and the Essential Products (Amendment) Act 2020.

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