NEW DELHI: A Bill to cancel the three controversial farm laws at the heart of massive farmer protests for over a year was passed within two hours in Parliament on Monday, without discussion, making it perhaps the fastest undoing of law in independent India, amid an uproar on the first day of the Winter Session without any discussion as demanded by the Opposition.
Though the repeal Bill was passed by voice vote within minutes of its introduction in both the Houses, Opposition members continued their protest demanding a discussion on farmers’ issues, including legal sanctity to Minimum Support Price(MSP) of crops and compensation to families of farmers who died during the year-long agitation.
The Farm Laws Repeal Bill, 2021 was introduced in the Lok Sabha at 12.06 pm and passed at 12.10 pm. The house adjourned within seconds amid loud protests from the opposition benches. Shortly afterwards, the Bill was cleared in the Rajya Sabha as well.
The blink-and-miss proceedings were wedged between multiple adjournments over disruptions on the opening day of the Winter Session of Parliament.
The Farm Laws Repeal Bill, 2021 now awaits the assent of President Ram Nath Kovind for the formal withdrawal of the three laws against which farmers have been protesting at Delhi borders.
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