Mumbai: The West Bengal Legislative Assembly on Thursday passed a resolution against the three agricultural laws of the Center, becoming the sixth state to do so.
A resolution against the laws was introduced on the first day by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
Speaking in the Legislative Assembly, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said the BJP pushed farm laws in Parliament using “brute force” and urged the Center to repeal the legislation.
“BJP always maligns every agitation as terrorist activity. The laws are totally anti-farmer. They pushed it (in Parliament) using brute force. We will not accept farmers being branded as traitors,” she said amid protest by BJP MLAs.
Before Bengal, five states – Punjab, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Rajasthan, Kerala – had rejected the implementation of these laws in their states.
Reforms by the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party and three agricultural laws passed by Parliament in September are essentially expected to change the way India’s farmers do business by creating free markets, as opposed to a network of decades-old, government markets. Allows traders to stock essential commodities for future sales and to create a national framework for contract farming.
These laws are the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act 2020.