TN Assembly passes resolution against three farm laws

Tamil Nadu Assembly passes resolution against three farm laws

Stalin also announced that all cases filed against farmers during their protests against the farm laws will be withdrawn

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin. Credit: PTI Photo

Tamil Nadu Assembly on Saturday “unanimously” passed a resolution against three farm laws of the Union Government, amid a walkout by AIADMK and BJP. With this, Tamil Nadu becomes the seventh state ruled by the Opposition to pass resolutions against the laws. 

Moving the resolution in the Assembly, Stalin said his government was according top priority to improving the lives of farmers by presenting a separate budget for agriculture. The DMK had in its 2021 Assembly election manifesto reiterated its opposition to the three farm laws of the Centre and promised to bring a resolution in the Assembly once it comes to power.

“The Assembly unanimously passes a resolution against the three farm laws as they will not bring any good to farmers or agriculture growth in the country. The Assembly resolves that the Union Government rescinds the laws,” Stalin said, moving the resolution. 

The Chief Minister also announced that all cases filed against farmers during their protests against the farm laws will be withdrawn. He also took a swipe at AIADMK for not supporting the resolution and punched holes in its claim that the party always stood for “farmer’s interests.”

As Stalin moved the resolution, legislators from AIADMK and BJP staged a walkout opposing the DMK government’s move to bring a resolution against laws passed by Parliament. However, AIADMK’s ally PMK supported the resolution. 

Deputy floor leader of AIADMK, O Panneerselvam, raised questions about the Assembly passing a resolution when petitions against the farm laws were pending before the Supreme Court. 

As AIADMK members walked out of the House, Water Resources Minister Durai Murugan said Panneerselvam was opposing the Bill only to avoid a headline in newspapers that “father opposes a Bill supported by his son.” Durai Murugan was referring to OPS’ son O P Ravindranath supporting the Bill in Lok Sabha. 

Tamil Nadu has now joined Opposition-ruled states – Kerala, West Bengal, Delhi, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, and Punjab – in passing resolutions against the farm laws.

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