TN BJP's agenda against the MK Stalin's Govt: Annamalai announces the plan to take on the DMK!

In what would become the first major demonstration since the DMK came to power, the Tamil Nadu BJP unit has been gearing up to hold protests across the state in September against the MK Stalin administration for passing the resolution of urging the Modi government to withdraw the three contentious farm laws, that were proposed last year. 

Last Saturday, Tamil Nadu had become the seventh Indian state to pass a resolution against the farm laws. The Tamil Nadu assembly had adopted a resolution in which it had urged the Union government to repeal the three farm laws. While the ruling DMK regime brought up the resolution, the opposition party ADMK and its ally BJP had staged a walkout from the assembly voicing against the DMK government for bringing a resolution against the farm laws. The farmers from across the country have been protesting against the laws in Delhi for nearly a year and adopting the resolution in the Tamil Nadu assembly, 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. 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.

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. Through the resolution, 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. However, the BJP has planned to hold protests against the resolution and on Monday, two days after the passage of the resolution, Tamil Nadu BJP President K Annamalai has said that the protests would be held in September across the state. The reports say that several state BJP leaders would be tasked with unfolding the protests in the state. 

Annamalai has said about the protests after attending the 20th death anniversary of Tamil Maanila Congress leader GK Moopanar on Monday. Earlier on Sunday, Annamalai has questioned Chief Minister MK Stalin for adopting the resolution against the Union government's farm laws. He claimed that the DMK and its allies had failed to mention the provisions in the laws that harm the farmers and said that passing a resolution to revoke the farm laws is an eyewash as it was passed without a discussion in the assembly.

Meanwhile, Annamalai is all set to launch a state-wide tour from Tenkasi and he will meet grassroot-level cadres in the party, college students, and leaders of various communities. He will be chairing a cadre meeting on September 1 at Pavoorchatram and will later meet communities leaders in Tenkasi. In his first phase of the tour, he will be visiting Thoothukudi, Madurai, Sivaganga, Dindigul, Dharmapuri, Villupuram, Mayiladuthurai, Tiruvarur, and Coimbatore districts.