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Lok Sabha repeals farm laws amid noisy scenes

New Delhi: The Lok Sabha on Monday passed the bill to repeal the three farm laws amid protests and sloganeering from opposition benches.

The bill was passed by voice vote within hours of the commencement of the Winter Session. The legislation was passed amid a din in the Lower House as the opposition benches demanded discussions on it. Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Choudhury cited Parliamentary procedures of debate and consideration, chiding the government of undermining them while repealing the legislations.

Several opposition members stormed to the Well of the House even as Speaker Om Birla expressed his inability to hold discussions as the House was not in order. The bill has now been introduced in the Rajya Sabha for consideration.

Smart Agri Post was the first to report about the introduction of the Bill on the very first day of the Winter Session.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had on November 19, in a surprise move, announced the withdrawal of the contentious legislation.

The farm leaders, however, refused to call off their agitation, saying the PM’s announcement was merely the battle half won. They vowed to continue their stir until the government does not offer guarantee on Minimum Support Price through legislative mechanisms.

Moments after the bills were repealed by the Lok Sabha, Bharatiya Kisan Union leader Rakesh Tikait said the day will be dedicated to the 750 farmers who were killed during the year-long agitation. However, he said they will continue with their protest and announce the further course of action on December 4.