PM Modi says 3 farm laws to be cancelled

Farmers have been camping outside Delhi protesting the controversial laws

Three controversial farm laws that led to massive farmer protests across the country will be withdrawn, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said today.

The announcement came on Guru Purab festival, when Sikhism founder Guru Nanak’s birth anniversary is celebrated.

“Maybe something was lacking in our tapasya, which is why we could not convince some farmers about the laws. But today is Prakash Parv, not the time to blame anyone. I want to tell the country that we have decided to repeal the three farm laws,” PM Modi said in an address to the nation. “Whatever I did was for farmers. What I am doing is for the country,” the PM added.

Hundreds of farmers from Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan have been protesting outside Delhi since November 2020, demanding that the farm laws be withdrawn.

“We have not been able to convince the farmers. Only a section of them was opposing the laws, but we kept trying to inform them,” he said.

The Opposition and farmers accused the government of clearing the farm laws in the Parliament without discussion. Farmer unions have repeatedly said that the laws will lead to unfair competition with corporates and would financially drain them without adequate earnings.

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