Reaffirming his stand of exercising autonomous government in the state in a way that the Central ruling BJP can't surpass it, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin has on Wednesday given a big blow to the Modi government by announcing that the state assembly will pass a resolution against the three controversial farm laws that were enacted by the Center last year which triggered large scale protests across the nation.
Stalin's announcement has come when Delhi has prepared to host a fresh round of protests against the Center to repeal the farm laws when the Modi government marked its seventh year in power. The Chief Minister said that the assembly will pass a resolution to urge the Central government to withdraw the three farm laws. In a statement, Stalin said that passing a resolution against the farm laws was one of the DMK's poll promises in the state assembly elections.
The Chief Minister said six months passed since the farmers began agitating against the three farm laws passed by the Union government. While the previous ADMK government led by Edappadi Palaniswami had supported the laws being in the alliance of BJP, the current government has affirmed that it will stand against the farm laws and it won't let the Center enact the laws in Tamil Nadu.
The Chief Minister further said that it is a worrying factor that the Union government has not come forward for a constructive talk with the farmers to alleviate their fear and to resolve the issue. The Center has failed to initiate the steps to repeal the farm laws.
Last year, the Center has passed the three farm laws - Farmers' Produce Trade and Commerce Act, 2020, Farmers Empowerment and Protection Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020, and Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020. Ever since the Center has passed the laws, the peasants across the nation have gathered at Delhi with the demand of revoking the farm laws.
Thousands of farmers from Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, and several parts of the nation had stormed towards the national capital and held incessant protests for several months with the sole motive of repealing the laws. The Center and the farmer unions had held several episodes of talks but there was no consensus between the stakeholders.
The farmers are protesting for the last six months in Delhi amid the surging COVID-19 pandemic and strict measures by the government to mitigate the agitations. Despite the incessant protests, the Center had failed to consider the demand from the peasants, escalating their agitations, and apart from Delhi, several parts of the nation had witnessed protests in demanding the Center to act for the voices of farmers.
On Wednesday, Narendra Modi's government has marked its seventh year in reign. The farmer unions' had also marked their six straight months of agitation and they had observed the seventh anniversary of the Modi government as the 'Black Day' and the farmers had appealed to the people to erect black flags at the residences to mark the Black Day of Modi's seventh year in the rule.
The farmers in Delhi had on Wednesday protested with the Black flags against the Central government for not paying heed to their demand. According to reports, twelve political parties including Congress and DMK had offered solidarity to the farmers' black day protests. The farmers have been reiterating that the three farm laws would dismantle their livelihoods and source of income and the laws would pump in privatization into the agricultural corridors, which would destroy the farmers' rights on Minimum Support Price (MSP) for their produce.