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Jharkhand govt fails to debate farm laws in Assembly

BJP creates ruckus, foils bid to pass resolution citing technicality
Jharkhand Assembly in Ranchi
Jharkhand Assembly in Ranchi
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Our Correspondent   |   Ranchi   |   Published 22.03.21, 09:43 PM

In a major embarrassment for the ruling coalition, the JMM-Congress-RJD government failed to hold a debate and pass a  resolution against the three farm laws enacted by the Centre last year due to a "technical glitch" and ruckus by the Opposition BJP,  forcing Assembly speaker Rabindranath Mahto to adjourn the House till Tuesday.

After House coonvened at 2pm, the treasury benches tabled three Bills that were  later passed through voice-vote. Later, CPI(ML) MLA from Bagodar Vinod Singh and Congress lawmaker from Poriyahat Pradeep Yadav tabled notices before the Speaker to debate on inflation and the farm laws. 

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But even before a debate could begin, BJP MLAs ran to the Well of House in protest. Ranchi MLA C. P. Singh later told the Speaker that the debate was technically invalid. “We are ready to debate if it concerns issues regarding farmers and farming but not farm laws. To our knowledge, there is nothing called farm bills that exist anymore. The Bill has become an Act after Parliament passed it. The notice for debate on farm Bills is technically invalid,” he claimed.

MLAs of the ruling alliance didn’t wish to speak immediately on it. Later, a senior Congress MLA spoke to the media outside the House. “There should have been a greater consensus and thought process if the treasury benches wished to debate the farm laws. Congress has been critical about the laws and supporting the farmers' agitation and it would have wholeheartedly voted against it in the House.”

At least three state governments—Delhi, Rajasthan and Chattisgarh _ have already passed a resolution against the contentious  laws calling them anti-farmer. The Jharkhand government, including chief minister Hemant Soren, has also been critical of the laws. But on Monday, it failed to get a resolution against the laws passed in the Assembly  despite a clear majority. 

It remains to be seen if the state government tries again to initiate a debate in the Assembly on Tuesday which is the last working day of the ongoing budget session.



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