Punjab Assembly unanimously passes Bills against farm laws

The Bills were passed after an over five-hour discussion, in which BJP MLAs did not take part. The BJP has two legislators in the assembly

Punjab CM Capt Amarinder Singh
Punjab CM Capt Amarinder Singh
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The Punjab Assembly on Tuesday unanimously passed four Bills and adopted a resolution against the Centre's farm laws.

The Bills were passed after an over five-hour discussion, in which BJP MLAs did not take part. The BJP has two legislators in the assembly.

The Opposition SAD, AAP and Lok Insaaf MLAs backed the legislations.

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 minimum support price.

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.

Earlier, Chief Amarinder Singh had urged all parties to unanimously pass his government's historic Bills in the Vidhan Sabha.

After meeting the governor, Punjab CM said, “The Bills have become an Act at the Parliament but Vidhan Sabha unanimously rejected those Acts. We've adopted a resolution and have come here together. We gave copies of the resolution to the Governor and requested him to approve it.”

“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 chief minister added.

With PTI inputs

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Published: 20 Oct 2020, 5:00 PM