THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Party leader Bharatiya Janata (BJP) O Rajagopal who told the press on Thursday that he “did not object to the general consensus” of Kerala Assembly With regard to agricultural laws, he subsequently issued a statement stating that he maintained that the central government was always ready for discussions and “opposed the resolution” adopted by the assembly.
“I strongly opposed the resolution against agricultural laws today in the assembly. I did not oppose the central government. I said that agricultural laws are very beneficial for farmers. When government and opposition lawmakers argued that the prime minister is not negotiating with farmers, I argued that the central government is always ready for talks, “Rajagopal said in a statement.
“I said that the farmers’ unions claim that they will hold the dialogue only after the withdrawal of agricultural laws, which is why the protests will continue for a long time. The statements that they are against the central government are unfounded,” he added.
Rajagopal, who is a deputy in the Nemom constituency in Thiruvananthapuram, said Congress had earlier included similar agricultural laws in its manifesto.
“I made it clear that the Congress, in their electoral manifesto, included similar agricultural laws and that the CPM also requested it through a resolution. The speaker did not ask during the vote about those who support the resolution and those who oppose it. it was reduced to a single question without being asked separately, which is a breach of the rules, “he added.
Earlier, speaking to the media after the assembly session, Rajagopal said he abstained from voting and did not oppose the resolution because people do not need to know these differences of opinion.
“I support this resolution. During the discussion, I opposed certain references made in the resolution against agricultural laws, but I do not oppose the general consensus reached by the Chamber against agricultural laws,” he said.
With the lonely one BJP MLA without opposing it, the Kerala assembly adopted the resolution unanimously against the three agricultural laws, after being proposed by the chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan in the special session.
Protesting farmers and the government held another round of talks on Wednesday and a consensus was reached on two of the four issues on the agenda.
Farmers ‘leaders protest at the borders of the national capital on November 26 against the recently adopted agricultural laws – the Law on Trade and Trade in Agricultural Products (Promotion and Facilitation) of 2020, the Farmers’ Agreement (Empowerment and Protection) on Agricultural Prices and Services Act of 2020 and the Law on the modification of essential products (2020).