Delhi Prime Minister Arvind Kejriwal said Thursday that the three agricultural laws are not meant for farmers, but were made to secure election funding for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) as he launched a vicious attack on the Center. .
Kejriwal tore up copies of the three agricultural laws during House proceedings to celebrate his protest against the controversial legislation even as the assembly passed a resolution tabled by Revenue Minister Kailash Gahlot calling for the central government to immediately repeal the laws. Kejriwal was speaking at the one-day session of the Delhi Assembly.
“What was the rush to get the farm accounts approved in Parliament during the pandemic? It happened for the first time that three laws were passed without a vote in Rajya Sabha, even when several members opposed the move… Over the past 6-7 years, the BJP has made elections so expensive. Hence, much of the money is spent on elections (by political parties). These laws were not passed for farmers. These laws were enacted to secure the BJP’s election funding, ”Kejriwal told House members.
Urging the central government to withdraw agricultural laws, the prime minister said it has been 20 days since farmers protest and every day at least one farmer is sacrificing his life in the turmoil.
“How many sacrifices will farmers have to make to make their voices heard? Today, the Delhi Assembly rejects all three agricultural laws and calls on the central government to resume legislation. I ask the Center not to be worse than the British, “he said.
Kejriwal, who is also the national president of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), took a jibe at the BJP and said the national leadership is now asking the big party leaders to convince all farmers. “They (the BJP) have only taught one line to all the leaders of their party that farmers will be able to sell their produce anywhere in the country. At least tell them where farmers should sell? Big business owners will buy the products at disposable prices from farmers and sell them at high prices in retail across the country, which will lead to inflation. Farmers are said to have been misled. Farmers are not misled. It is the leaders and supporters of the BJP who are being misled, “he said.
Kejriwal said that every peasant who protests today is a Bhagat Singh. “As part of the BJP campaign to convince farmers, Uttar Pradesh Prime Minister Yogi Adityanath told farmers that these laws will benefit them as their land will not be taken from them. How is that an advantage? The peasants already had their land. He said, mandis will not be finished. Again, how is this an advantage given that that system already exists? “