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Punjab Government Cannot Change Laws Made By Centre: Arvind Kejriwal

Mumbai: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday said that the Punjab government could not change the laws made by the Centre and asked if the farmers would get the minimum support price by the state legislative assembly.

His statement comes after the Punjab assembly passed a resolution rejecting the new agricultural laws of the Center and said it would pass the controversial legislation enacted by Parliament.

Reacting to the move, Kejriwal called it a “drama” and claimed that the Punjab government could not change the laws made by the Center.

“Raja Sahib, you have amended the laws of the Center. Can the state change the laws of the Center? No. You did a drama. You fooled people. The laws which you passed yesterday by them will the farmers get MSP? No. Farmers want MSP, not your fake and false laws,” Kejriwal tweeted, tagging the post of the Punjab Chief Minister Office.

State bills provide for imprisonment of not less than three years for sale or purchase of wheat or paddy below the Minimum Support Price (MSP), exemption from the attachment of farmers up to 2.5 acres, and prevention of hoarding and black marketing of agricultural produce.

However, state bills require the consent of the governor before it becomes law. The Governor could give assurance to the President.

The Punjab Assembly also adopted a resolution rejecting the new agricultural laws of the Centre.

The claim of the opposition and farmer unions that the new laws will lead to the deterioration of the MSP system has been repeatedly rejected by the BJP-led government at the Center.

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