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 Modi said the three farm laws will be repealed in the coming Winter session of Parliament.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.
 

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

Hailing the Centre’s announcement to repeal farm laws as a victory of farmers, SAD supremo Parkash Singh Badal on Friday said no government should enact such “insensitive and cruel laws” again.    “A defining moment in history and a historic victory of farmers on Gurupurab,” Mr. Badal said in a statement.

His remarks came after Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in an address to the nation this morning, announced that the government has decided to repeal the three farm laws, which were at the centre of protests by farmers for the past year.

Talking about the laws, Mr. Badal said, “It was for 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 asserted.   

Describing “700 farmers who died during the protest as martyrs”, Mr. Badal said, “The loss of these these brave soldiers and the disgraceful and entirely avoidable events like the one at Lakhimpur will always remain a dark blot on the face of this  government.”

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)