Govt may withdraw farm laws due to UP polls: BJP leader

Centre could withdraw new farm laws considering upcoming UP assembly polls: BJP leader

Due to protests against the farm laws, BJP leaders could not enter villages in western UP, the leader said

Farmers have been protesting Centre's three contentious farm laws for the past several months. Credit: PTI Photo

A senior Uttar Pradesh BJP leader claimed that the farm laws might be scrapped before the next state assembly polls, due early next year, keeping in view the resentment among the farmers.

UP BJP provincial committee member and former party legislator Ram Iqbal Singh also supported the demand by the opposition leaders to investigate the Pegasus snooping allegations.

''The farmers are angry over the new farm laws....they are protesting against the BJP leaders, especially in western UP...I think that the centre may scrape the laws before the next assembly polls in the state,'' Singh told reporters in Ballia, about 400 kilometres from here, on Sunday night.

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He also lent support to the demand by the opposition parties to launch an investigation into the alleged Pegasus snooping of several politicians, journalists and others.

''Ours is a democratic country...the government should accept the opposition's demand....a huge amount of public money is wasted owing to disruptions in the Parliament,'' he added.

Singh also contested the claims by UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath that the state government had successfully tackled the second wave of Covid 19.

''The health infrastructure is lacking in the state....there was no oxygen in any hospital in Ballia during the second wave...Ventilators were also not there...many people lost their lives,'' he said.