Editorial: Agri to disagree

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced the repeal of three controversial farm laws after a year of protests.

Thousands of farmers had camped at Delhi’s borders since last November and dozens died from heat, cold and Covid. Farmers say the laws will allow the entry of private players in farming and that will hurt their income.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Friday said after almost 12 months of Gandhian agitation, the repeal of three farm laws is a victory of the will of 62 crore farmers and sacrifices of more than 700 farmers who laid their lives for this struggle and hoped that the BJP government would have drawn some lessons for future. The country’s ‘annadatas’ have made ‘arrogance bow its head’ through ‘satyagraha’, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP chief JP Nadda on Friday welcomed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement to repeal the three farm laws. Shah said the Prime Minister has shown a ‘remarkable statesmanship’ and Nadda said the decision will ‘further the atmosphere of brotherhood in the nation’. What is unique about PM @narendramodi Ji’s announcement is that he picked the special day of ‘Guru Purab’ to make this announcement. It also shows there is no other thought except the welfare of each and every Indian for him. He has shown remarkable statesmanship, Amit Shah said in a tweet. The real impact will be known in the days to come.


NT Bureau