On Saturday, Tamil Nadu has become the seventh Indian state to pass a resolution against the three controversial Farm laws proposed by the Union government last year against which the farmers are staging incessant protests in Delhi and across the country with the demand to repeal them. The Tamil Nadu assembly had adopted a resolution on Saturday in which it had urged the Union government to withdraw the three farm laws.
Adopting the resolution on an opposition-free floor as the ADMK and BJP had walked out of the house condemning the resolution, Chief Minister MK Stalin has said that the three farm laws are against the interests of the farmers' and would annihilate agriculture. He noted that the farm laws won't benefit the peasants and are against the principle of federalism and will remove the powers of the states. The DMK and its alliance had already slammed the BJP government at the Centre for proposing the laws that dismantle the assurance of the Minimum Support Price (MSP) for the farmers for their produce.
The anti-Farm laws resolution had come nearly four months after MK Stalin formed the government in Tamil Nadu and while the ADMK and BJP had opposed the resolution, ADMK's allied party PMK had supported the resolution along with the legislators of the Congress, VCK, and MDMK parties. Through the development, Tamil Nadu has become the seventh state to oppose the farm laws and pass a resolution of pressing the Union government to repeal them. The reports say that Stalin had thrown more weight to his pro-farmers governance by adopting the resolution and it must be noted that his government had recently presented a separate budget for agriculture, which became the first budget for agriculture in Tamil Nadu.
While presenting the agriculture budget, Tamil Nadu Agriculture Minister MRK Panneerselvam had said that the budget was dedicated to the farmers who are protesting in Delhi against the three farm laws. It must also be noted that MK Stalin, during his tenure as the Opposition leader, had pressed the ADMK regime led by Edappadi Palaniswami to hold a special session in the state assembly to pass a resolution against the farm laws and to urge the Union government to revoke them. However, the ADMK government had refused and failed to pass a resolution and now, after coming to power, the DMK has passed the resolution against the farm laws, becoming the seventh state to do so.
States like Kerala, Punjab, Rajasthan, Delhi, West Bengal, and Chhattisgarh had earlier passed resolutions against the farm laws. Significantly, BJP is not in power in the single state of this anti-Farm laws club. Punjab was the first state to move such a resolution in October 2020 and several non-BJP ruling states followed. Speaking at the assembly on Saturday, MK Stalin has issued a big warning to the DMK legislators that strict action will be taken against them if they praise him. The Chief Minister said, "An appropriate action will be taken against the DMK legislators if they praise me during the budget discussions in the assembly. I have already issued an order regarding this yesterday."
"The DMK members must refrain from praising me by considering the value of time in debating the budget. I will take action against DMK MLA Iyappan", Stalin added. Iyappan had praised Stalin in the assembly despite the latter ordering the DMK MLAs not to deliver such praises. It is noteworthy that last year, the Union government had proposed three farm laws - The Farmers' Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act.
Condemning the laws, the farmers across the country had staged protests in Delhi with the demand of repealing the laws as they fear that the laws would go in favour of the corporates. Their protests are going to hit one year soon, however, amid episodes of talks, there has been no amicable resolution to dissolve the protests as the Union government is not ready to withdraw the contentious laws.