In a surprising move, Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan on Tuesday, has turned out the government’s request to hold a special Assembly session for discussing the newly introduced farm laws on December 23. The new farm laws have led to farmers’ protest on the borders of Delhi.
Reportedly, Khan refused permission citing that there was no need to hurriedly hold a session and asked the government to provide a justifiable reason for conducting the session. The Governor’s move has taken the Kerala government by surprise. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan is said to be on his way back to Thiruvanathapuram and will most likely visit the Governor to resolve the matter.
On December 21, the Kerala government had decided to hold the special session to discuss the Centre’s newly introduced farm laws and pass a resolution against them. Reportedly, Vijayan and Leader of Opposition Ramesh Chennithala have come to a mutual agreement on this matter and an unanimous resolution will be passed against the three farm laws.
For more than a month, farmers from nearby states have been protesting on the borders of Delhi, asking the Centre to repeal the three laws. Although the Central government has held numerous talks with farmer unions, so far it has resulted in a stalemate.
More farmers have been heading to Delhi from various parts of the country to protest against the laws. The farmers have said that the laws are anti-farmer and have been formed to benefit big corporates. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been addressing the farmers virtually, trying to convince them that the new farm laws are beneficial to the farmers, however, the farmers aren’t buying any of it. Modi will be addressing the farmers on December 25.