On the first day of the Winter session, Parliament passed a bill repealing three contentious agricultural laws that have been the subject of farmer protests for over a year, with the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha giving their approval in quick succession amid a ruckus.
Despite the fact that the repeal bill was passed by voice vote minutes after it was introduced, opposition members continued to demonstrate, demanding a discussion on farmers’ issues, such as the legal sanctity of the minimum support price (MSP) for crops and compensation for the families of farmers who died during the year-long agitation.
The air was filled with chants and slogans as farmers danced to the beat of Bhangra and Punjabi songs at protest sites in three Delhi border points: Singhu, Ghazipur, and Tikri. Farmers celebrated the “victory of the movement” by showering flower petals on each other at the Singhu border.
“Even though only a group of farmers are protesting against these laws, the government has tried hard to sensitise the farmers on the importance of the Farm Laws and explain the merits through several meetings and other forums,” Tomar said in introducing the Farm Laws Repeal Bill, 2021.
The bill’s copy stated that “new avenues for the trade of their produce were provided without taking away the existing mechanisms available to farmers,” noting that the laws had been stayed by the Supreme Court.