The Punjab State Assembly on Tuesday passed four bills, including those negating the Centre’s farm laws, during its special session. A resolution, against the three new farm laws passed by the Centre, has also been adopted.
Chief Minister Amarinder Singh earlier said the farm laws go against the interest of the farmers and landless workers.
The CM is also expected to lead MLAs to the Punjab Raj Bhawan on Tuesday to submit the resolution to the governor, according to media agencies.
“The Bills have become an Act at the Parliament but Vidhan Sabha unanimously rejected those Acts. We’ve adopted a resolution & have come here together. We gave copies of the resolution to the Governor & requested him to approve it,” Punjab CM Capt Amarinder Singh said in a media briefing.
“It first goes to Governor, then to President. If it doesn’t happen then we have legal methods too. I hope the Governor approves it because it is unanimous. I’ve also sought an appointment from President between Nov 2-5. Entire Vidhan Sabha will go to him,” Punjab CM added.
The move makes Punjab the only state to formally reject the farm laws that were passed in the Upper and Lower Houses during the monsoon session. The Punjab Assembly passed the bills and resolution unanimously demanding the annulment of the contentious farm laws and sought a new ordinance to protect minimum support price (MSP) which will help continue procurement by the government.
The state government’s legislative counter provides for imprisonment of not less than three years and fine for sale or purchase of wheat or paddy under a farming agreement below the MSP.
The provisions exempt farmers from attachment of land up to 2.5 acres and provide for prevention of hoarding and black-marketing of agricultural produce.
The chief minister said he signed the resolution against the “anti-farmer laws” at 9.30 pm on Monday after extensive discussions.
As the House took up the Bills and the resolution for discussion, SAD MLA Bikram Singh Majithia welcomed the legislations and spoke on the need for consent from the governor or the president in case the Bills are forwarded to them before becoming Acts.