The Farm Laws repeal bill has on Monday passed in both the houses of the Parliament by contradicting Prime Minister Narendra Modi's words. Parliament has on Monday convened for the winter session and days after the Prime Minister announced the revocation of the three contentious farm laws. The first day of the session had drawn nationwide attention and ahead of the session, Prime Minister Modi had addressed the reporters during which he affirmed that the government is ready to discuss all issues.
The Prime Minister said, "This is an important session of the Parliament. The citizens of the country want a productive session. We are ready to discuss all issues and answer all questions during this session." However, as soon as the session began, the government had tabled the Farm Laws repeal bill in Lok Sabha (the lower house) and passed it without having a discussion, which went contrary to Modi's words. The Union government has fastened the proceedings to officially repeal the laws, which triggered year-long nationwide protests from the farmers.
The bill was tabled by Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and during the passage, the MPs of the Opposition parties had demanded to have a discussion on the Bill. Amid their uproars, the bill has cleared the lower house. The Lok Sabha was adjourned briefly as the sequel of the ruckus and the government had immediately packed the bill to Rajya Sabha, which had an equal scale of ruckus like the lower house. The Union Minister had placed the bill at Rajya Sabha and got it passed, after which it has become official that the Parliament had passed the Farm Laws repeal bill.
In what has become one of the important things, the government is planning to get the President's consent for the repeal bill on Monday night. According to reports, the Farm Laws repeal bill was passed in Lok Sabha within four minutes and it has invited criticisms with the opposition slamming the government for evading a discussion on the Minimum Support Price (MSP) for farmers' produce, which has been a key demand during this year-long agitation. The passage had stirred a fresh drift between the parties.
While the Union Minister of Parliamentary Affairs Pralhad Joshi has asked the intention of the opposition in demanding a discussion over the bill, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said, "Earlier, we had said that the govt will have to withdraw the farm laws, and today these laws were repealed. It is unfortunate that the farm laws were repealed without discussion. This government is scared of holding a discussion." Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge said, "We want that there should be a discussion on the Farm Laws Repeal Bill, 2021. But with the passing of this Bill in Lok Sabha in a haste, they (govt) just want to prove that they are in the favour of farmers."
Congress leader in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury has said, "The govt blames us for not letting the House function. But Farm Laws Repeal Bill 2021 was introduced & passed without discussion. The opposition had demanded a discussion on it. Even though the govt has repealed the farm laws, its 'Mann ki Baat' is something else." On the other hand, the protesting farmers didn't take back their protests with the affirmation that their agitation will continue as other issues including MSP are pending.
Bharatiya Kisan Union Chief Rakesh Tikait said, "This Farm Laws repeal bill is a tribute to all 750 farmers who lost their lives during the agitation. The protest will continue as other issues including MSP are still pending." The MPs of the Trinamool Congress had held a protest in front of Mahatma Gandhi statue in the Parliament demanding a discussion over the Farm Laws repeal bill. Besides the Farm Laws repeal bill, the Union government has come up with a pack of bills for the winter session.
It has been expected that the government will introduce over 30 legislative bills and one Finance Bill in the 19 sittings of the winter session and some of the key bills that were passed on Monday include the crucial Cryptocurrency and Regulation of Official Digital Currency Bill, the Insolvency and Bankruptcy (Second Amendment) Bill, 2021, and the Electricity (Amendment) Bill.