Popular Kollywood actor Karthi has on Friday welcomed Prime Minister Narendra Modi's decision to repeal the three farm laws. Karthi, who also runs the Uzhavan Foundation in support of agriculture and farmers, has said that the revocation has become a historical victory for the peasants who incessantly protested against the laws. The Prime Minister's decision has been celebrated by farmers across the country as their victory.
Karthi took to social media and wrote, "The announcement by our Prime Minister to repeal the three farm laws is a historical victory for the relentless struggle of farmers who fought for their lives. My gratitude to those who fought and to the government for its understanding." On Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced that the three farm laws will be repealed in the upcoming session of Parliament. The contentious farm laws that were staunchly backed by the BJP and its affiliates are now going to be withdrawn by the BJP government headed by Narendra Modi.
The Prime Minister assured that the farm laws will be withdrawn as soon as Parliament meets for the budget session. In his address, Narendra Modi had defended the farm laws as an attempt to help small farmers sell their produce wherever they wished to by liberalizing agricultural produce marketing. He said, "The decision was taken with a pure heart. Yet, there must have been some shortcoming in our devotion. This isn't a day to blame anyone. I am announcing that all three farm laws will be repealed by the government by the end of the month when Parliament meets, using all constitutional measures for the same."
While the farmers welcomed the announcement, several protesting farm unions had said that they won't call back their year-long protest until the laws are scrapped in the Parliament. Several opposition leaders said that the Prime Minister's nature of the announcement as a fear of losing elections in crucial states. Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram said, "What cannot be achieved by democratic protests can be achieved by the fear of impending elections! PM’s announcement on the withdrawal of the three farm laws is not inspired by a change of policy or a change of heart. It is impelled by fear of elections! Anyway, it is a great victory for the farmers and for the Congress party which was unwavering in its opposition to the farm laws."
Repealing the farm laws has been a sole demand from the farmers and they had been protesting in Delhi for over a year amid the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown. They feared that the farm laws will open the gates for private players into the market and they will destroy their MSP. Farmers from several states including Punjab, Haryana, and Uttar Pradesh had protested against the laws for over a year. As the farmers have finally won, they celebrate the victory by distributing sweets and also affirmed that Modi's speech is not enough to take back their agitation and that they will continue their protests until the laws are formally withdrawn in the Parliament session.
While addressing the reporters about the revocation, Rakesh Tikait, the Chief of Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU), has said, "Farmers will continue to agitate until the laws are taken back in Parliament. MSP Guarantee Act has to be formed. This is a victory of farmers - dedicated to more than 750 farmers who died & to tribals, workers, women who became a part of this agitation". "This decision also seems to be an election gimmick, given the manner in which the graph of Modi government is going down and their image is getting affected. They are working under the pressure of the companies, only to benefit them", Tikait added.
மூன்று விவசாயச் சட்டங்களைத் திரும்பப் பெறுவதாக நம் பிரதமர் அறிவித்திருப்பது, தங்கள் உயிரையை ஈந்து போராடிய எளிய வேளாண் மக்களின் ஒருவருட இடைவிடாத போராட்டத்திற்கு கிடைத்திருக்கும் வரலாற்று வெற்றி. போராடியவர்களுக்கும் புரிந்து கொண்ட அரசுக்கும் அன்பும் நன்றியும்.#FarmersProstest— Actor Karthi (@Karthi_Offl) November 19, 2021