The only BJP MP in Kerala, whose victory marked the party’s debut in the state four years ago, sparked controversy today with its contradictory remarks on a resolution against the center’s controversial farm laws, which was passed unanimously in the assembly. Of the state. Shortly after his law-abiding speech, O Rajagopal did not vote against the resolution. He later amazed many with his response to reporters in his “support.” The 91-year-old BJP leader has now issued a statement saying he has “strongly opposed” it.
The resolution aimed at repealing the three laws – a fundamental demand of thousands of people who have camped near the Delhi borders since late November – was proposed by Prime Minister Pinarayi Vijayan in the state assembly. “If these protests continue, it will seriously affect Kerala. If agricultural production ceases to come to a consuming state like Kerala, the state will be driven to starvation. The center avoids its responsibility to provide fair prices to farmers,” Vijayan told urging the center to repeal the laws and accept the demands of protesting farmers.
The ruling LDF and the congress-led UDF voted in his favor. However, the only BJP MP supported the agricultural laws in the assembly during his speech. “Bharat is a country of farmers. These laws are for the benefit and protection of farmers – to eliminate middle people and commission agents. These laws give farmers the right to sell their products anywhere. People who oppose these laws are against Such laws have been suggested by (Congress) and (CPM) in the past, “he told the House. But he did not vote against the resolution.
Outside the meeting, his remarks astonished reporters when he said, “I support this resolution. We have some differences in the arguments they have put forward. I have pointed out these differences. I agree with the substance of the resolution.”
When stressed that he opposes his party’s position, supporting the state’s resolution, he said: “It may not be the party’s position. These compromises are part of the democratic system. We must not be firm. We must go before it is formalized. this consensus, I put my difference of opinion in front of people. “
A few hours later, he made a return in a press statement, making it clear that he was against the resolution: “I strongly opposed the resolution against agricultural laws. I clearly stated my position in the assembly during my speech. I even he said that the prime minister is always ready for talks, but the precondition by (protesters) to repeal the laws for talks has delayed the process. That I am against the central government is against the truth. “
The BJP MP also alleged “violation of the rules” in the assembly when the resolution was adopted. “The speaker, during the vote, did not ask those who support and those who oppose separately. He asked as a single question, instead of asking separately. This is (a) violation of the rules.”
Mr Rajagopal became a incumbent in 2016 when he won his first election at the age of 86, after losing 15 elections. “It’s not the first time. Abraham Lincoln has contested several elections just to be defeated … before he eventually becomes president of the United States. We are watching because we have a goal,” he told NDTV at the time. His win marked the debut of the BJP in Kerala, a state he has never seen beyond the Left and Congress.
Today’s special session was preceded by a controversy – Governor Arif Mohammed Khan had previously rejected the Pinarayi Vijayan government’s first request to convene the session. He later agreed after the state government made a second recommendation.
The controversies over agricultural legislation, which passed parliament in September without much debate, have led to the biggest protests the agricultural sector has seen in recent years.
Thousands of people have camped near Delhi’s borders since last month, demanding a minimum price guarantee for their products and protesting against the entry of private players into the agricultural sector.
Yesterday, after a sixth round of talks with farmers’ leaders, the government said an agreement had been reached on two of the four issues raised by protesters.