The unanimous resolution passed by the Kerala Legislative Assembly on Thursday against the three agricultural laws of the central government was backed by an unexpected quarter, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) member O Rajagopal.
The non-politician leader, who was the Minister of State for Railways in the Vajpayee government, initially spoke out against the motion in the House, but did not walkout when it was put to a vote and supported the surprise of the treasury and the opposition. Ruling party. After the session, when reporters asked him about this, he said that he supported the resolution in the “democratic spirit of the house”.
“I voiced my disagreement in clear terms. But I supported the substance of the resolution in line with the democratic spirit. There is nothing major about it, such compromises are common in a democracy, ”he said. When asked if he wanted to withdraw these bills, he gave an indirect answer and that is why he supported the proposal. He said that the agreement was the essence of democracy and the ongoing farmers’ movement would be resolved soon.
The Veteran’s ‘obscure’ stance has brought the party to a standstill, which has put the “waste of time and money” into a formidable position. “There is no difference of opinion in the party. He is a senior leader and we do not think he will support the resolution. I will talk to them about this, ”said party state president K Surendran. In Delhi, Minister of State for External Affairs V.V. Muralitharan said what the senior state leader said in the House and the state unit would explain it.
But leaders close to Veteran said that he was deeply saddened by the growing quarrel in the state unit. After the rise of Surendran, some senior leaders were sidelined and tried to broker peace between the two major factions of the party, one of whom V. One led by Muralitharan and another led by senior leader PK Krishnadas, has so far failed to produce any results. “His position really shocked the party. The central leadership is also unhappy with this, ”said another leader who did not want to be quoted.
As controversy erupted over the issue, the leader later stated that it was incorrect to say that he did not oppose the motion and blamed the Speaker for not conducting the division of votes in the House. But his explanation was more ambiguous, like his position on the controversial issue.
The senior leader also disputed this earlier. During the Speaker’s election in 2016, he nominated LDF P.W. Supported Sriramakrishnan and later stated that he supported him as his name was both Lord Rama and Lord Krishna.
Many leftist leaders praised O Rajagopal after he got a good opportunity to embarrass the BJP. State Finance Minister Thomas Issac praised him, saying, “They made the right decision about its consequences.”
Earlier in the day, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan urged the Center to withdraw the new laws and focus on farmers who have been protesting for more than a month. “The center wants to corporateize the agriculture sector. It should come forward for the apprehensions of the farmers. The whole country is with them. It should recognize the public sentiment and withdraw the new laws.
He said that if the situation continues like this, the supply of essential commodities to consumerist states like Kerala will be affected. “Farmers are following their movement in winters. Some of them have also lost their lives. Their woes should be overcome as soon as possible. Later, all the 140 members of the assembly supported his proposal.
These laws are the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Farmers Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020 and Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020, but they started protesting. Farmers elsewhere in Delhi say that these reforms will make them vulnerable to exploitation by large corporate houses, destroy their bargaining power and weaken the government’s procurement system.
Earlier on December 24, Governor Arif Mohammad Khan refused permission to call home to give rise to a controversy. Later, the chairman and two ministers called him with a fresh recommendation and they agreed to it. Congress Deputy Leader Casey Joseph criticized the Governor’s decision, saying that the government was forced to bow to him on several occasions but the CM refused. The state assembly in August passed a resolution against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).
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