The Bharatiyan Kisan Union’s (BKU) Ugrahan faction on Friday welcomed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement to repeal the three contentious farm laws.

In his address to the nation on the occasion of Guru Nanak Jayanti, Mr. Modi said the three farm laws will be repealed in the coming Winter session of Parliament.

Various farmers unions have been protesting at the borders of the national capital since last year to demand repeal of three farm laws.

An Arya Samaji saint from Baghpat preparing to hold a havan at the Ghazipur border after PM Modi's announcement to repeal the three farm laws, on Friday.

An Arya Samaji saint from Baghpat preparing to hold a havan at the Ghazipur border after PM Modi’s announcement to repeal the three farm laws, on Friday.
 

4.30 pm

Victory of ‘andolnajivi farmers’, says AAP taking a dig at PM

 The AAP on Friday called the Centre’s decision to repeal three farm laws a victory of farmers over Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “egoistic” government, with party MP Sanjay Singh demanding that the government pay a compensation of ₹1 crore and provide a job to the kin of the farmers who died during the protests against the legislations.

In a video message, Mr. Singh also demanded that the Centre give status of “martyr” to each of those farmers who “sacrificed their lives” while protesting against the “three black laws”.

“The government has decided to withdraw the three black farm laws because of the their (BJP’s) defeat in elections. Farmers and the people were teaching them lessons in elections. Narendra Modi’s egoistic government had to eventually bow down before the long struggle, strength and sacrifice of the farmers,” Mr. Singh said.

He congratulated the farmers on the “success” of their struggle and took a swipe at Modi, saying the government’s decision to repeal the three farm laws is “a victory of Andolanjivi farmers and defeat of Chunavjivi Modi government”. – PTI

4.15 pm

BJP leaders laud Modi’s statesmanship

The BJP on Friday lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement to repeal the three farm laws as a “statesmanlike” move that will further the atmosphere of brotherhood across the country.

Home Minister Amit Shah said what is unique about Modi’s announcement is that he picked the special day of ‘Guru Purab’ to make this.  “It also shows there is no other thought except the welfare of each and every Indian for him. He has shown remarkable statesmanship,” he said.

Welcoming the announcement, BJP president J P Nadda noted that it was made on the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev.

Another senior party leader and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said Modi took the big decision in farmers’ interests and to respect their sentiments. – PTI

3.15 pm

Defeat of BJP’s arrogance, Rahul Gandhi proved correct: Adhir Chowdhury

Describing the Centre’s decision to withdraw the three farm laws as “defeat of BJP’s arrogance”, Leader of the Congress in Lok Sabha Adhir Chowdhury on Friday said the BJP government “swallowed the humble pie” sensing ominous outcome in the upcoming assembly polls.

Chowdhury, also a member of the Congress Working Committee (CWC), said the party’s senior leader Rahul Gandhi had earlier predicted that the Centre would be forced to withdraw the three laws, and his “prophecy” has been fulfilled.

“It is indeed a historic victory for the farmers. Since Independence, the country has never witnessed such a massive protest by farmers. The BJP initially thought this protest would fizzle out, as it believes that it is the only disciplined political force in the country.

“The BJP and our prime minister misjudged the fighting spirit of the farmers. This is a defeat of BJP’s arrogance,” Chowdhury told PTI.

2.50 pm

TN parties welcome the decision

Several regional parties including the Dravidar Kazhagan, Pattali Makkal Katchi, Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi and Naam Tamilar Katchi on Friday welcomed Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led central government’s decision to repeal the three farm laws and hailed it as victory for the protesting farmers.

 

2.20 pm

End dharnas, return home: Haryana Minister Vij

Haryana Home Minister Anil Vij on Friday asked farmers’ outfits to express gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his announcement to repeal the farm laws.

“All farmers’ organisations should express their gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his announcement to withdraw all three agriculture laws on the occasion of Guru Nanak Dev’s Parkash Utsav. They should immediately end their dharnas, return home and carry out their regular work,” Vij tweeted in Hindi.

Addressing the nation on the occasion of Guru Nanak Jayanti earlier in the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the three laws were introduced for the benefit of farmers but “we couldn’t convince a section of farmers despite best efforts”.

The goal of the three farm laws was to empower farmers, especially small farmers, he said.

2.10 pm

Decision to repeal will harm small and medium farmers, says BKS

RSS-affiliated farmers group Bharatiya Kisan Sangh has opposed the government’s decision to repeal the farm laws, saying it would result in “long term damage” to farmers’ interests.

“Because of the stubbornness of these so-called farmers, there is bound to be long-term damage for farmers. The reforms brought about by these laws would have especially benefited small and medium farmers,” the BKS said in a statement. The group has previously said the laws needed some amendments, but not a repeal.

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2.00 pm

BJP’s bypoll losses behind the decision: TNCC chief

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement about repealing the three central Farm Laws in the upcoming session of Parliament was a result of the losses faced by the BJP in the recent bye-polls, the [fear of facing] upcoming elections to five State Assemblies and the anger among the farmers following the Lakhimpur Kheri incident, TNCC president K.S. Alagiri said on Friday.

“This is absolutely an opportunistic move on the part of the Prime Minister. He has acted with some other intentions in mind,” Mr. Alagiri charged.

However, he congratulated the farmers’ unions who have been protesting against the Laws and Congress MP Rahul Gandhi who has been supporting the farmers, for this victory.

13.45 pm

Shah hails PM’s ‘statesman-like’ decision

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Friday welcomed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “statesman-like” decision to repeal the three farm laws, and said it reflects that there is no other thought except the welfare of each and every Indian for the PM.

Prime Minister Modi this morning announced a rollback of the three agri laws at the centre of protests by farmers for the past year.

“PM @narendramodi’s announcement relating to the farm laws is a welcome and statesmanlike move.As the Prime Minister pointed out in his address, the Government of India will keep serving our farmers and always support them in their endeavours,” he tweeted.

The home minister said what is unique about the prime minister’s announcement is that he picked the special day of Gurupurab to make this announcement.

“It also shows there is no other thought except the welfare of each and every Indian for him. He has shown remarkable statesmanship,” he said.

1.01 pm

Centre’s decision ‘too late’: Mayawati

Bahujan Samajwadi Party (BSP) chief Mayawati congratulated farmers but termed the central government’s move a “very late one”.

The BSP supremo also demanded framing a law to assure support price for farmers’ produce and financial compensation for the kin of farmers who lost their lives during the protest against the three contentious laws.

“The sacrifices of the farmers have paid off. The government in the end withdrew the three controversial laws though it is too late,” Ms. Mayawati told reporters.

This decision should have come earlier so that several issues the country is plagued with could have been warded off, she said.

“The demand for a national law to assure support price for farmers’ produce is still pending. The BSP demands that it should be introduced in the Winter Session of Parliament. The government should accept this demand,” she said.

12.48 pm

‘Really magnanimous’: Edible oil industry

Edible oil industry body Solvent Extractors’ Association of India on Friday said it was “really magnanimous” on part of the Prime Minister to announce repeal of the three farm laws but said that reforms were necessary for Indian agriculture sector to become competitive and improve farmers income.

“With hardened opposition stand of the farmers for whose benefits these farm laws were designed it was really magnanimous on part of our Prime Minister to announce its withdrawal,” said Atul Chaturvedi President, SEA of India.

He said the agriculture sector is crying for massive reforms if it has to become competitive and improve farm incomes.

“Current high MSP (minimum support price) can never be sustainable as it would hurt consumers,” Mr. Chaturvedi said.

India’s farm productivity levels, which are less than 50 per cent of world average in practically all agri commodities, have to go up to improve rural incomes, he added.

“We only hope agri reforms in more politically acceptable manner should continue to be implemented,” the SEA president said.

Kalyan Goswami, Director General, Agro Chem Federation of India (ACFI), welcomed the government’s decision to repeal the three farm Laws as it would help to break the ongoing impasse.

“We also appreciate the Prime Minister for his commitment to provide good quality seeds to the farmers, easy claim for damages and offering right price to the farmers for their produce. While the budget allocation on Agriculture has increased by five times since 2014, we expect the financial situation of the farmers to improve steadily,” Mr. Goswami said.

12.40 pm

Film personalities welcome govt’s decision

Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led central government’s decision to repeal the three farm laws was welcomed by various cine personalities including actors Sonu Sood, Urmila Matondkar, Taapsee Pannu and Richa Chadha.

Sonu Sood termed the news as wonderful and not only thanked Modi but farmers also for holding a peaceful protest.

“This is a wonderful news! Thank you, @narendramodi ji, @PMOIndia, for taking back the farm laws. Thank you, farmers, for raising just demands through peaceful protests. Hope you will happily return to be with your families on the Parkash Purab of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji today,” he said in a tweet.

Sharing a photo of farmers, actor-politician Matondkar expressed her joy over the decision.

“Victory requires passion, who needs blood that boils, this sky will also come on the ground, only intentions are needed that echo of victory. #Kisaanandolaan Zindabad. Happy for my farmer brothers and sisters. Salute to the martyr farmers #Jaikisaan always always,” she wrote.

Chadha, 34, posted a photo of her wearing a T-shirt which has a farmer on it and said it will be her outfit of the day.

“Sarbat da bhala! #OOTD,” she said.

Pannu shared a news clip, which stated, ‘PM says 3 farm laws to be withdrawn’ and captioned it: “Also….. Gurpurab diyaan sab nu vadhaiyaan.” Actor Gul Panag said it was a lesson for the future governments to engage with all the stake holders when bringing about reform.

“I wish we didn’t have to let the impasse last this long, cause so many lives to be lost. And demonise, debase, delegitimise the Farm Protest and the protestors. #Farmlawsrepealed,” she wrote.

“Let this be a lesson for future Governments to find the means & the will, to engage with all stake holders when bringing about reform. And also a lesson for law makers -that legislative procedure can’t be circumvented by passing laws in minutes, without discussion & debate,” she added.

12.32 pm

Siddaramiah demands ₹25 lakh to victims’ families

Leader of the Opposition in Karnataka Legislative Assembly Siddaramaiah termed repeal of three farm laws by Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the victory for democracy, and demanded the Centre to announce ₹25 lakh to family members of deceased farmers during the year-long protest against farm laws.

“Now that BJP India has finally realized its mistake and withdrawn anti-farm laws. It is time to give justice to the farmers who were martyred during the struggle. I urge the Prime Minister to announce Rs 25 lakh to the deceased farmers. Farmers have finally got their independence!,” Mr. Siddaramaiah tweeted.

“This is the outcome of democracy!! No matter how strong a dictator is, he will have to finally bow down to people in democracy. Freedom for Farmers!!”, the Congress leader tweeted.

KPCC president D K Shivakumar, who is the national capital, termed the withdrawal of farm laws as a victory for the farmers and Congress. He demanded compensation to family members of farmers who lost their lives during the protest and government jobs for their children.

12.25 pm

Prime Minister must apologise: CPI (M)

The CPI(M) on Friday demanded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should apologise for the hardship and trouble caused by his “dictatorial step” of enacting the three farm laws.

“The quest for justice for those targeted by the government and its agencies through false cases will continue. The PM must apologise for the hardship and trouble caused by his dictatorial step of farm laws to benefit his crony business partners,” CPI (M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury in a tweet.

“Salutes to our farmers and their brave struggle which has led to the repeal of Modi’s three black farm laws. We must not forget the sacrifice of more than 750 farmers who have lost their lives in this struggle,” he said.

12.10 pm

Decision not related to polls: Karnataka CM Bommai

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Friday denied that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision to repeal the three contentious farms laws had anything to do with the forthcoming elections in five states.

“We had won by-elections even in the midst of protests. The decision has no connection with the election in five states. The Prime Minister felt that some more discussions were necessary and accordingly, the government felt that withdrawing the farm laws will build confidence among people,”  Mr. Bommai explained. It showed the PM’s sensitivity, he said.

“The Prime Minister has announced withdrawing all the three laws in the upcoming parliament session. It is a sensitive government. We have responded to the farmers’ demand,” Mr. Bommai said.

Rejecting the claim that the government bowed to the year-long protest, Mr. Bommai said that the three laws were part of the liberalisation and globalisation process started in 1991-92 and were in line with the previous United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government’s agreement with the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

“It is not a question of bowing. This process of liberalisation and globalisation started in 1991-’92. As part of it, various laws were to be formulated. Further, the UPA government had signed an agreement with the WTO. Agriculture Reforms and the Agriculture Marketing Reforms were also part of it,” Mr. Bommai claimed.

According to him, the draft bill was pending during the UPA government and a decision was taken after bringing certain changes and taking consensus of all the states to give proper returns to the farmers.

“However, the farmers of Punjab, Haryana and other states insisted for a regulated market system and held protests for one year,” Mr. Bommai said.

12.05 pm

Victory of farmers’ struggle: Punjab AAP chief

Punjab AAP chief Bhagwant Mann on Friday termed the government’s announcement to repeal farm laws as a victory of the farmers’ struggle, saying it is better late than never.

The Sangrur MP said the government should have withdrawn these three farm laws much earlier, adding that “around 700 farmers lost their lives during the farmers’ agitation”.

“It is a victory of farmers’ struggle,” said Mr. Mann.

11.45 am

The Gandhian movement has shown its strength: Chhattisgarh CM Baghel

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel on Friday congratulated farmers for “pressuring” the Centre to withdraw the three contentious farm laws, and described the government’s announcement as a victory not only of farmers, but also of democracy over injustice.

“The Gandhian movement has once again shown its strength. Congratulations to the farmers of the country for pressuring the Central government to withdraw the three black laws. This is the victory of not only farmers, but also of democracy against injustice,” Mr. Baghel tweeted in Hindi.

11.40 am

Power of people is greater than the people in power: TRS

“The power of people is always greater than the people in power,” Telangana Minister and TRS working president KT Rama Rao said on Friday reacting to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s statement on repealing the three farm laws.

“The power of people is always greater than the people in power. Proved once again by the Indian farmers who got what they demanded by their relentless agitation Jai Kisan Jai Jawan,” Mr. KTR tweeted.

11.30 am

M.K. Stalin welcomes PM’s announcement

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and DMK president M.K. Stalin welcomed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision to repeal the new farm laws.  “I wholeheartedly welcome Hon’ble @PMOIndia‘s decision to repeal the three anti-farmer laws. History teaches us that people’s wishes shall prevail in a democracy. I congratulate all the farmers & bow down to their determination for having achieved this through Gandhian means,” he tweeted.

11.18 am

A defining moment in history, says SAD supremo Badal

Former Punjab Chief Minister and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) patron Parkash Singh Badal on Friday termed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement on the withdrawal of the three farm laws as “a defining moment in history”.

“This is the greatest event in the history of farmer struggles all over the world. I thank the great Guru Nanak Devji Maharaj and congratulate every farmer working hard on his fields,” said Mr. Badal in a statement.

“It was the first time in the history of democratic governments that brazen and cruel laws were made without even taking the stakeholders on board. No govt. should ever do such an insensitive and cruel thing again,” he said.

 

11.16 am

Victory of democracy: Ashok Gehlot

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Friday said that the announcement of repealing the three farm laws is a victory of democracy and “defeat” of the arrogance of the Centre.

He also said that it is a victory of the patience of farmers who kept agitating for the last one year.  “The announcement of repealing all three black agricultural laws is a victory of democracy and defeat of the arrogance of the Modi government. This is a victory of the patience of the farmers who have been agitating for the last one year. The country can never forget that hundreds of farmers have lost their lives due to the short-sightedness and pride of the Modi government,” Mr. Gehlot tweeted.

“I bow to all the farmers who sacrificed their lives in the farmers’ movement. This is the victory of their sacrifice,” he said.

11.14 am

This is your victory, Mamata tells farmers

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday congratulated farmers for their relentless fight against three farm laws and said they were not fazed by the “cruelty” of the BJP.

“My heartfelt congratulations to every single farmer who fought relentlessly and were not fazed by the cruelty with which @BJP4India treated you. This is YOUR VICTORY! My deepest condolences to everyone who lost their loved ones in this fight. #FarmLaws,” Ms. Banerjee tweeted.

Farmers celebrating the Centre's decision to taking back the farm laws, at the Ghazipur border on Friday, November 19, 2021.

Farmers celebrating the Centre’s decision to taking back the farm laws, at the Ghazipur border on Friday, November 19, 2021.
 
| Photo Credit: Anuj Kumar

 

11.12 am

Farmers’ sacrifice will remain immortal: Arvind Kejriwal

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday welcomed the government’s announcement to repeal the contentious farm laws, saying the “sacrifice” of farmers who died protesting against them will remain immortal.

“Such a happy news has been received on Prakash Diwas. The three laws scrapped. More than 700 farmers martyred. Their sacrifice will remain immortal. The coming generations will remember how the farmers of the country saved farming and the farmers by risking their own lives. My tribute to farmers of my country,” Mr. Kejriwal tweeted in Hindi.

11.10 am

‘A regressive step’, says SC-appointed farm panel member

Supreme Court-appointed farm panel member Anil Ghanwat on Friday described as regressive the Central government’s decision to repeal the three farm laws which were at the centre of protests by farmers for the past year.

“This is the most regressive step by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, as he chose politics over farmers’ betterment,” Mr. Ghanwat told PTI.

“Our panel had submitted several corrections and solutions over the three farm laws, but instead of using it to solve the impasse, Mr. Modi and BJP chose to backtrack. They just want to win elections and nothing else,” he said.

11.05 am

Truth and justice have prevailed: Anand Sharma

While welcoming the Prime Minister’s announcement on repealing the ‘ujnjust’ farm laws, Congress leader Anand Sharma said the Centre must give up enacting important laws lin a hurry bypassing parliamentary scrutiny and  excluding stakeholders from consultations results in confrontation and conflict. 

Mr. Sharma called for referring all important bills to Parliamentary standing or select committees for building national consensus.. “Truth and justice have prevailed and farmers protest stand vindicated after much pain, suffering and loss of hundreds of lives,” he said.

11.00 am

Historic victory, says SKM

The Samyukt Kisan Morcha, a platform of protesting farm unions has welcomed the decision to repeal three contentious farm laws as a “historic victory”, but noted that its struggle includes other demands regarding remunerative prices and electricity rates. It has not yet taken a decision on whether or when to withdraw its year long agitation.

Many leaders across the political spectrum have reacted to the Prime Minister’s announcement on repealing the farm laws.

10.55 am

Modi’s ‘tactical move’ won’t help BJP in the elections: Raju Shetti

Remarking that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s repeal of the controversial farm laws that elicited massive countrywide farmer protests proved that democracy was still “alive and well” in the country, farmer leader and Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana (SSS) chief Raju Shetti on Friday said that this ‘tactical move’ would not help swing the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) fortunes in the upcoming Assembly elections in five states.  

Speaking to The Hindu from Kolhapur, Mr. Shetti said that the Centre’s backing down in face of collective farmer protests was “a historic occasion”, while contending that Mr. Modi’s announcement to repeal the contentious laws would have made a greater impact had it been done on January 26 this year itself. 

“It is now almost a year since farmers from the Punjab, Haryana and other places began their mega-protests, which were peaceful in nature…during this while, the BJP-ruled Centre tried every trick in their book to defame and break the protests movement, and when these failed, tried to incite violence. However, the farmers firmly stood their ground and the Centre had to rollback these anti-farmer laws,” said the SSS chief. 

10.50 am

Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha (KRRS) leader Badgalpura Nagendra said that the development is a proof that Government of the day has to bow and listen to the voice of the people.

Terming it as historic the KRRS leader said despite differences of views on various issues, the country was one and had united against the farm laws forcing the Government to repeal it.

The farmers braved the elements of nature including the scorching heat, biting cold and rain but did not relent and the struggle continued for one year forcing the Government to withdraw the laws, said Mr.Nagendra.

10.45 am

Chamaras Malipatil, Honarary president of Karnataka Rajya Raita Sangh, has said that Centre has taken decision eyeing on the coming assembly elections in Punjab and Uttar Pradesh.

Talking over phone, he said ” I welcome the decision. However,  farmers will continue fight until Centre withdraw the laws by declaring in the sessions” .

10.40 am

BKU national spokesperson Rakesh Tikait: The agitation will not taken back immediately, he says. “We will wait for the laws to be repealed in the Parliament.” The government should hold talks on the demand of guaranteed MSP and other farmer issues, he adds.

10.13 am

Kisan Ekta Morcha: #FarmersProtest #KisanMajdoorEktaZindabaad,” says a tweet from Kisan Ekta Morcha, the official handle for the Samyukt Kisan Morcha.

10.11 am

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi: “Country’s annadatas have made arrogance bow its head through satyagraha. Congratulations on this victory against injustice. Jai Hind, Jai Hind ka Kisan.”

Mr. Gandhi also tweeted a short video clip of his press interaction on January 14 in which he said,”The government will have to take back these laws. Mark my words”.

10.05 am

Haryana Deputy CM Dushyant Chautala: Repeal of farm laws should be seen as gift from PM Modi to protesting farmers on Gurupurab.

10.01 am

Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu: Repealing of black laws a step in the right direction…. Satyagrah of Kisan morcha gets historic success….You’re sacrifice has paid dividends…. Revival of farming in Punjab through a road map should be the top priority for the Punjab govt ….accolades.

9.59 am

Samajwadi Party U.P. president Naresh Uttam: The BJP was forced to take a decision to repeal the three farm laws due to the huge crowds of farmers and youth turning up at the rath yatra of Akhilesh Yadav.

9.55 am

P. Chidambaram: “What cannot be achieved by democratic protests can be achieved by the fear of impending elections! Anyway, it is a great victory for the farmers and for the Congress party which was unwavering in its opposition to the farm laws.

9.50 am

Rashtriya Lok Dal president Jayant Chaudhary: This is a victory of the farmers. We are all one, a victory for the nation.

9.49

Former Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh: “Great news! Thankful to PM @narendramodi ji for acceding to the demands of every punjabi & repealing the 3 black laws on the pious occasion of #GuruNanakJayanti. I am sure the central govt will continue to work in tandem for the development of Kisani! #NoFarmers_NoFood @AmitShah,” Mr. Singh said in a tweet.

BKU Ugrahan faction leader Joginder Singh Ugrahan: Decision to repeal farm laws is a good move by PM Modi. All farmer unions will sit together and decide future course of action.

(With inputs from our Correspondents, agencies)