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It's politics, says SC-appointed farm expert of repeal

Last updated on: November 19, 2021 10:51 IST

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,” 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, Modi and BJP chose to backtrack. They just want to win elections and nothing else,” he said.

Addressing the nation on Friday morning on the occasion of Guru Nanak Jayanti, the prime minister said the three laws were for the benefit of farmers but "we couldn't convince a section of farmers despite best efforts".

Ghanwat, president of Shetkari Sanghatna, said, “Despite submission of our recommendations to the Supreme Court, it now seems that this government has not even read it. The decision to repel the farm laws is purely political, with an aim to win the Uttar Pradesh and Punjab elections in the coming months.”

Ghanwat said the decision to repeal the farm laws has ”now closed the doors of all types of reforms in agriculture and its marketing sector”.

“The farmers' interest has been sacrificed over the party's (BJP) political interest,” he said.

As Union agriculture minister, NCP chief Sharad Pawar had pushed for similar reforms, but for political reasons he opposed these laws later, Ghanwat said. ”As a farmers' organisation, we will continue to sensitise people on this issue,” he added.

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