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Mrunal Manmay Dash

The Biju Janata Dal (BJD) has welcomed the Centre's decision to repeal the three farm laws without any debate in the Parliament.

After a year-long protest by farm organisations across the country, all the three bills passed by the Union Government earlier last year were revoked on Monday without any discussions in both the Lok Sabha and the Upper House of the Parliament amid an uproar by the Opposition.

According to reports, the BJD Parliamentarians did not raise any questions when the Repeal Bill was tabled and let it pass without a debate amid protests by Opposition MPs against denial of any deliberations into the contentious laws.

As promised earlier by the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi, on the first day of the winter session, the Government had listed the Farm Laws Repeal Bill, 2021 for taking back the three contentious farm laws; Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act 2020, Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Act 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.

The Opposition leaders in the Lok Sabha objected to the development citing earlier precedents of five to six ocassions when a discussion was initiated for scrapping a law.

However, the BJD supported the denial of discussion in both the Houses. Senior BJD leader and party MP from Puri, Pinaki Mishra said, “BJD feels that the Centre is doing the right thing in this context. A lot of debate has been done in the past, both in public forums and in media. There was no need of it again in the House. So we accepted the Centre’s decision to repeal the farm laws without any debate.”

“However, there will be an extensive debate in the House on MSP and all other aspects of the farmers’ demands in the near future,” Mishra said.

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