More than a year after President Ramnath Kovind gave his consent to the three farm laws, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in a surprise announcement on Friday morning, said that the laws would be repealed during the winter session of Parliament starting from 29 November.
In his address to the nation at 9 am, the news about which was flashed minutes before the speech, the Prime Minister said the three laws were for the benefit of the farmers but “we couldn’t convince a section of farmers despite our best efforts”.
“The goal of the three farm laws was to empower farmers, especially small farmers. In the coming Parliament session, we will take constitutional measures to repeal these farm laws,” he said.
The announcement coincided with the occasion of Guru Nanak Jayanti and the opening of Kartarpur Sahab corridor and came less than 150 days ahead of elections in five states, including in the agrarian belt of Uttar Pradesh and Punjab.
The fact that the BJP was doing a rethink on the three farm laws first became evident in mid-October when former Congress leader and Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh met BJP leaders in Delhi and indicated that the farmers’ agitation would end soon. Singh later came to Delhi again last week and met Home Minister Amit Shah and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and repeated the same observations after the meeting.
The BJP is likely to contest the Punjab elections in alliance with Singh’s party which he has formed after resigning from the Congress. The repeal of the three laws is going to be used by Singh as his primary calling card among the voters of the state.
It became even more clear that the BJP was likely to “amend” the laws when the political resolution adopted by the BJP national executive that met in Delhi on 7 November didn’t mention anything about the three farm laws, which since September 2020 was touted by BJP leaders, spokespersons and sympathisers as the “biggest agriculture reform” that the country has seen. Numerous op-eds by BJP functionaries praising the three laws were written and published in English and vernacular dailies to spread the message of the advantage of these three laws.
It is pertinent to mention that of 403 seats in Uttar Pradesh, 210 are dominated by voters who are engaged in farming. In Western UP, where BJP leaders were not being allowed to enter villages post the passage of the three laws, there are 25 districts with 130 seats out of which the BJP had won 104 seats in the 2017 polls. A recent internal assessment done by the party had stated the party was losing a large number of seats in this region.
The 3 October Lakhimpur Kheri incident too had put the government on the backfoot as the son of a sitting Union Minister of State was allegedly the main accused in the case in which an SUV ran over protesting farmers resulting in the killing of four farmers and a journalist.
After the passage of the three laws in the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha, the protesters had started congregating at various places on the borders of Delhi which eventually resulted in a massive law and order situation that the country witnessed on 26 January, as anti-social elements among the protesters, riding on tractors and carrying swords, broke police barricades, brutally assaulted score of Delhi police personnel and unfurled a religious flag at the historic Red Fort.
According to farmer leaders, over 700 protesters have died since September. The security agencies have in the past arrested scores of individuals across the country for being part of a “conspiracy to use the farmers’ protest to spread disturbance in the country”. BJP leaders had also released a “tool-kit” prepared by people residing outside India, which they claimed contained a synopsis on how to amplify the protest.
More than three different cases related to the farm laws are being heard by the Supreme Court. On 12 January, the Supreme Court stayed the implementation of these three laws “until further orders”. The matter has never been heard again even after an expert committee, which it had appointed to make recommendations after hearing the grievances of farmers and the government’s views on the laws, submitted its report in a sealed cover on 19 March.
The government too did not intervene in the court seeking resumption of the hearing, a step which was taken after getting inputs that the three laws were not generating a positive feedback. To counter this, it asked its cadre to spread out across the country and talk about why the three laws were important.
A section of BJP leaders, including MPs, had termed the protesters as goons amd terrorists leading to massive furore.
Security agencies had also found involvement of Khalistani elements among the protesters, including the presence of a radical entity, Sikhs for Justice led by its chief Gurpatwant Singh Pannun.
The repeal of the three laws might give electoral benefits to the BJP, but its pro-reforms image is going to be dented as these three laws were passed after following the due process prescribed in the Constitution and were described by independent analysts as a much-needed step that had the potential to lift at least 10 crore small and marginal farmer families who have less than 2-hectare land, out of a permanent state of poverty.HOW A LAW IS REPEALED
* The amendment bill will have to be tabled in Parliament, then debated and voted on.
* Timeline will depend on the political process.
* Proposal for the amendment will have to be sent to the Law Ministry by the ministry concerned.
* Law ministry will look into the legal aspects.
* The minister concerned will introduce the Bill in Parliament.
* Once both Houses of Parliament pass the bill, it will be ratified by the President and the previous Act will be repealed.
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‘Shameful that atrocities on Kashmiri Pandits continue today’, says Anupam Kher
Veteran Bollywood actor Anupam Kher on Tuesday condemned the killing of a Kashmiri Pandit by a terrorist in the Kashmir Valley.
“Shameful that atrocities on Kashmiri Pandits continue today. They’re killing even their own people. They are killing everyone who stands with India. This has been happening for the past 30 years. The more you condemn it, the less it’s. We’ll have to change the mindset,” Kher said.
Earlier on Tuesday, a Kashmiri Pandit was shot dead at an apple orchard in Jammu and Kashmir by terrorists. In the Chotipara area, the incident took place.
Meanwhile, the deceased have been identified as Sunil Kumar Bhar and his brother Pintu who sustained injuries.
The areas have been cordoned and the injured person has been shifted to the hospital.
Moreover in June 2022, a bank manager named Vijay Kumar has shot dead and on 31 May a female Hindu teacher, Rajni Bala was shot dead by terrorists in the Kulgam district.
However, Anupam Kher a Kashmiri Pandit starred in this year’s hit movie ‘The Kashmir Files’. The movie showed the life of Kashmiri Pandits during the 1990 Kashmir insurgency.
Raju Srivastava on ventilator, manager informs about slow recovery
Comedian Raju Srivastava was hospitalised on August 10 after having a heart attack. Later, Raju had an angioplasty for the same, and he is currently on a ventilator. Raju’s management said in a new media exchange that the actor is gradually getting better.
Raju’s manager, Nayan Soni, stated, “Raju’s condition is slowly getting better. He is responding to the treatment. There is an improvement in his health and he can now move his body parts a bit. He continues to remain in the ICU and on a ventilator. Doctors have informed us that it will take about a week for him to regain consciousness.”
In a message posted on Raju Srivastava’s official Instagram profile last week, his family stated that his status was “stable” and urged people to “ignore any rumour or fake news being propagated.
The statement on social media read, “Dear all, Raju Srivastava Ji’s condition is stable. We are praying for his speedy recovery. The doctors are treating him and are doing their best. Thanks to all the well-wishers for their continued love and support. Please ignore any rumours or fake news being circulated. Please pray for him.”
According to reports, actor Amitabh Bachchan sent Raju an audio message wishing him a swift recovery ” It’s enough Raju. Rise up Raju, and keep teaching us all to laugh.”
The movies Maine Pyar Kiya, Baazigar, Bombay to Goa, and Aamdani Atthanni Kharcha Rupaiya are some of movies featuring Raju. He also made an appearance in Bigg Boss’ third season. He gained notoriety for his superb comic timing after his appearance as a stand-up comedian on the programme The Great Indian Laughter Challenge. He is the Uttar Pradesh Film Development Council’s chairman.
Tamil Nadu CM MK Stalin to meet President Murmu, PM Modi on 17 August
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin who is on a two-day visit to Delhi is scheduled to meet President Droupadi Murmu. Stalin is also scheduled to meet Vice President Jagdeep Dhankar on Wednesday.
Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu MK Stalin is on a two-day visit to Delhi. Stalin arrived in Delhi on Tuesday. He will also meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday.
Earlier on 15 August, Stalin unfurled the tricolor at Fort St George. While addressing people he said, “These are the urgent and necessary ideals for the nation today. We are administering the Dravidian model government which encompasses all such humanitarian ideals.”
“I am desirous of fulfilling the aspirations of every single individual of Tamil Nadu. I am involving myself every day in that initiative,” Stalin said.
Moreover, Chief Minister MK Stalin and PM Narendra Modi met at the opening ceremony of the 44th Chess Olympiad in Chennai.
Bihar BJP expects significant organisational changes
Following its defeat in Bihar, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is anticipated to extend its social base and make significant organisational changes.
In New Delhi on Tuesday, the state BJP core committee and the party’s national leadership discussed the adjustments.
The conference was called after Chief Minister Nitish Kumar severed his ties with the BJP in Bihar and formed the Grand Alliance led by the Rashtriya Janata Dal this month.
The local leadership, according to BJP leaders, was not seen with the same satisfaction as Prime Minister Narendra Modi. By the second week of September, when the party’s Bihar chief Sanjay Jaiswal’s term ends, the state organisation should have undergone reform. The [Tuesday] meeting’s agenda included choosing a new Bihar BJP president and a formidable opposition leader, according to a BJP leader who asked to remain anonymous.
Extremely Backward Classes (ECB) and Mahadalits, the primary voter bases of Kumar’s Janata Dal (United), have been targeted by the BJP.
According to the estimates, Dalits and Scheduled Tribes make up 17% of the state’s population, while EBC and other backward classes make up close to 50%.
Jaiswal claimed that on Tuesday, they talked about Bihar’s political situation in light of the formation of a new alliance government that has betrayed the will of the people. “In the 2024 Lok Sabha polls, we will win no less than 35 [out of 40] seats and emerge a stronger party in state.”
Maharashtra train accident: 50 passengers injured as 3 coaches of a train derail
A major accident took place on Wednesday in which more than 50 passengers were injured. The three coaches of a passenger train derailed in Maharashtra. As of now, no casualties have been reported in the incident.
“Prima facie, the loco pilot of the express – Bhagat Ki Kothi SF Express (20843) – could not control the train, due to which it hit the brake van of a goods train that was standing ahead of it,” a senior SECR official said.
Maharashtra | More than 50 persons were injured after 3 bogies of a train derailed in Gondia around 2.30 am at night. A collision b/w a goods train & passenger train- Bhagat ki Kothi, due to non-receipt of signal, led to this accident. No deaths were reported.— ANI (@ANI) August 17, 2022
The accident happened after a passenger train collided with a good train at around 2.30 am on Wednesday. The passenger train was going from Bilaspur in Chhattisgarh to Jodhpur in Rajasthan. The injured passengers were referred to government and private hospitals in Gondia for treatment.
“Due to the impact, four wheels of a coach of the express train got off the tracks. But no passenger was seriously injured in the incident. Only a few received minor injuries. One passenger suffering from anxiety was admitted to a hospital,” a senior SECR official said.
Meanwhile, people who were trapped inside the train after the accident was also pulled out. According to media reports, a goods train going from Raipur to Nagpur was hit hard by a passenger train coming from behind. The driver applied the emergency brake, but could not avoid hitting the goods train.
6 people of the same family found dead in jammu
In Jammu, six family members were discovered deceased on Wednesday in strange circumstances at their homes. According to news agency ANI, two of the six bodies retrieved were located in one house and four more were discovered in another house in Tawi Vihar, a neighbourhood on the outskirts of Jammu city in the Sidhra region. The cause of death is still unknown.
Inquest proceedings have been started in accordance with Section 174 of the CrPC, and the bodies have been moved to the Government Medical College and Hospital for the post-mortem.
The deceased has been identified as Sakina Begum, the widow of the late Ghulam Hassan; her two children, Naseema Akhter and Rubina Bano; her son Zafar Salim; and two relatives, Noor Ul Habib and Sajad Ahmad.
Police have initiated an investigation and further details are awaited.
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