Addressing the Assembly in Delhi, the prime minister said he could not betray the country’s farmers. He urged the Center not to get worse than Britishers and appealed to the government to revive these laws.
“What was the rush to get the agricultural laws passed? Parliament during a pandemic? It happened for the first time that three laws were passed without a vote in Rajya Sabha … I hereby tear off three agricultural laws in this assembly and appeal to the Center not to become worse than the British, “said Kejriwal.
He also claimed that the laws were made for electoral financing of the BJP and not farmers.
“I am saddened to have to do this. I did not intend to do it, but I cannot betray the farmers in my country who slept on the street in the cold when the temperature is only 2 degrees Celsius,” Kejriwal said as he tore. copies of the three laws.
“I am first a citizen of this country, then prime minister. This assembly rejects the three laws and appeals to the central government to meet the demands of farmers,” he added.
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Kejriwal further said that 20 protesting farmers have died so far and asked the Center when he will wake up. “More than 20 farmers died during 20 days of protest. On average, one farmer is martyred every day in this movement,” he said.
He also said the Centers shouldn’t get the impression that farmers will simply return to their homes.
In 1907, a peasant protest had continued for nine months until British rulers repealed some laws, he added.
(with input from agencies)