20112021-TT-01.qxd 11/19/2021 11:10 PM Page 1 13 CHANDIGARH | GURUGRAM | JALANDHAR | BATHINDA | VOL. 141 NO. 320 | 18 PAGES | ~6.00 | REGD. NO. CHD/0006/2021-2023 ESTABLISHED IN 1881 HIMACHAL PRADESH VILLIERS RETIRES FROM ALL FORMS OF CRICKET SPORT /thetribunechd US OKAYS COVID BOOSTER SHOTS FOR ALL ADULTS WORLD GOVT MULLS CHANGES SHAH FOR SYNERGY IN LAWS TO TAX CRYPTO BETWEEN COPS,CENTRAL GAINS BUSINESS AGENCIES BACK PAGE saturday | 20 november 2021 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com Centre relents,to roll back3 farm laws PM makes early morning announcement on Gurpurb Acknowledges chinks in govt’s reachout to unions Repeal during winter session; panel to address MSP issue Govt corrects course ahead of UP, Pb polls Aditi Tandon Tribune News Service FARMERS VICTORIOUS Aditi Tandon Tribune News Service New Delhi, November 19 After withstanding the farmers’ opposition to three agricultural reform legislations for almost a year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Gurpurb said the laws would be repealed in the upcoming winter session of Parliament and a panel formed to make the MSP regime more effective. “Apologising to the people with a sincere and pure heart, I want to say that something must have been lacking in our dedication that we could not explain to farmers what was as clear as the light of a diya,” said the PM, describing the three laws as “enactments made with full integrity, clear conscience and with the best interest of farmers at heart.” Acknowledging chinks in government’s ❝IApologising, want to say something must be lacking in our dedication that we could not explain the laws to farmers Narendra Modi, PM A relieved farmer at the Singhu border after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement on the farm laws. PTI outreach to farm unions (11 rounds of talks starting December 3, 2020, failed to break the deadlock), the PM said, “Today is Gurpurb. This is not the time to blame anyone. I have come before the country to say that we have decided to withdraw all three agricultural laws. In the Parliament ses- sion starting later this month, we will complete continued on page 14 edit: victory for democracy New Delhi, November 19 The government’s decision to repeal farm laws that spawned the longest popular agitation in India’s recent history comes on the eve of crucial elections in five states, including Uttar Pradesh and Punjab, early next year and close on the heels of ruling BJP’s bypoll losses in three Haryana, Himachal and Rajasthan. With his stunning public apology on Gurpurb, Prime Minister Narendra Modi not only showed deference to the Sikhs at home and abroad, he also sought to send across the message of “nation first” amid prolonged protests, which the security establishment has routinely flagged as fertile ground for communal tension. Sources described the PM’s decision to repeal the farm laws as an example of his democratic approach. “Though the government is made of numbers, it is run by consensus in a democratic and statesman-like manner,” they said. Home Minister Amit Shah termed PM’s address as one by a remarkable statesman. Underlining its democratic approach, the government today said 11 rounds of discussions with farm union leaders were held even though these failed to break the deadlock. Behind move, PM’s poll pragmatism, respect for Sikhs “When a section continued to remain wary of the laws, the PM did not hesitate to announce their repeal. For the PM, it is nation first and farmers foremost,” the sources said. They flagged PM’s “respect for the Sikh community”, as reflected in the opening of Kartarpur corridor before Guru Nanak Dev’s birth anniversary and also the celebrations of the 350th birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh, 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanakand the 400th birth anniversary of Guru Teg Bahadur. “Even when Modi continued on page 14 SC PANEL MAY MAKE REPORT PUBLIC Jun 5, 2020 President promulgates three farm laws through ordinances Sep 17-20, 2020 Parliament passes the farm ordinances as Bills Sep 25, 2020 Kisan sangharsh committee announces protests Sep 26, 2020 SAD quits BJP-led NDA Nov 25, 2020 Unions in Punjab and Haryana announce ‘Delhi Chalo’ Dec 3, 2020 to Jan 2021 Central govt holds several rounds of talks with farmers from Punjab, Haryana Jan 12, 2021 SC stays implementation of laws; sets up a panel to suggest measures to end stalemate Jan 26, 2021 Protesters clash with police during a tractor parade Mar 5, 2021 Punjab Assembly passes a resolution seeking unconditional withdrawal of farm laws Mar 19, 2021 Supreme Courtappointed expert committee submits its report in a sealed cover Nov 19, 2021 PM Narendra Modi announces repeal of farm laws Nov 19, 2021 SC panel member Anil J Ghanwat says will decide next week on making report public STIR NOT OVER: BKU Constitutional questions stay unanswered Climbdown result of IN BRIEF Nitish refuses to react, saying it is PM’s decision Satya Prakash PATNA: Bihar CM Nitish Kumar, who had always spoken in support Tribune News Service of the three farm laws, on Friday said the decision on withdrawal was taken by the PM and there could not be any reaction to it. PTI New Delhi, November 19 With Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday announcing the decision to repeal the three contentious farm laws, many constitutional questions will remain unanswered, as the petitions challenging their validity have become infructuous. Passed by Parliament in September last year, the Farmers (Empowerment & Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance & Farm Services Act, the Farmers Pro- Patwalia appointed Punjab Advocate-General CHANDIGARH: Punjab Government on Friday appointed senior advocate Deepinder Singh Patwalia as the Advocate-General. The post had fallen vacant after APS Deol stepped down. INSIDE HC asks Centre to consider Uniform Civil Code PRAYAGRAJ: The Allahabad High Court has asked the Centre to con- sider setting up a panel for implementing Article 44 for “securing citizens a Uniform Civil Code throughout the territory of India”. INSIDE Bodies of civilians killed in encounter laid to rest SRINAGAR: Bodies of two civilians, killed in the Hyderpora encounter, were laid to rest hours after they were exhumed here. INSIDE PETITIONS INFRUCTUOUS ■ Had the Centre not decided to repeal farm laws, the SC would have clarified the legal position on the contentious issue ■ Now, many constitutional questions will remain unanswered as the petitions challenging their validity have become infructuous duce Trade & Commerce (Promotion & Facilitation) Act, and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act were challenged by farmers’ organisations and others in the Supreme Court, which had ordered a stay on their implementation. The first Act allowed sale and purchase of farm pro- duce outside Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC) mandis while the second one provided a regulatory framework for contract farming by allowing farmers to enter into agreements with agri-business firms for supplying produce of pre-determined quality at minimum guaranteed prices. The third law did away with the Centre’s powers to impose stockholding limits on foodstuffs, except under extraordinary conditions such as war, famine and other natural calamities of grave nature. As “agriculture” figured in Entry 14 and “markets and fairs” in Entry 28 of the State List of the Seventh Schedule of the Constitution, the petitioners questioned the very right of Parliament to enact laws that related to agriculture and marketing of continued on page 14 New Delhi, November 19 Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Friday led the Opposition in hailing the government decision to repeal farm laws as the victory of India’s farmers and hoped the government will draw lessons for the future and practice consultative decision making. A united Opposition, including TMC chief Mamata Banerjee, Congress’ Rahul Gandhi, AAP’s Arvind Kejriwal, SP’s Akhilesh Yadav, Peaceful Gandhian struggle forced govt to retract, says Rahul NCP’s Sharad Pawar, BSP’s Mayawati, RLD’s Jayant Choudhary, NC’s Omar Abdullah and the CPM, described the PM’s climbdown as the result of farmers’ tenacity and their sacrifices with around 700 dying during the 11-month continued on page 14 Pb to raise memorial to deceased protesters Tikri rejoices amid chants of ‘kisan ekta’ Tribune News Service Ravinder Saini Tribune News Service Jhajjar, November 19 Celebrations broke out at Tikri border as soon as the news about the Prime Minister’s announcement on repealing the three contentious farm laws reached the protesting farmers on Friday morning. A festive atmosphere reigned over the border as farmers distributed sweets and danced to drum beats to express their joy. The much-awaited moment came when the farmers were getting ready to recite the Gurbani to mark the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev. The announcement brought a smile to the faces of farmers, as they raised slogans of ‘Kisan Ekta Zindabad’ while moving towards the main protest site for the celebration. On a regular day, their dharna would commence after 11 am, but today a considerable number of enthusiastic farmers reached the site at 10 am, warmly greeting and hugging each other. Farmers’ supporters from continued on page 14 farmers’ tenacity: Oppn Farmers at Tikri border celebrate after PM Narendra Modi announced the decision to repeal the three farm laws on Friday. PTI Dhol, sweets & songs at Singhu Mukesh Tandon Tribune News Service Sonepat, November 19 Celebrations erupted at the Singhu border – the epicentre of farmers’ movement for the past one year— on Friday morning with the PM announcing that the three agriculture laws would be repealed. Groups of farmers were seen dancing to the beats of the dhol and distributing sweets. The youths played balring music on their tractors. People congratulated Preparations on for stir anniv on Nov 26 one another over their victory. Amid the celebrations, the farmers claimed that preparations to mark the anniversary of the farm movement on November 26 were in full swing and thousands would reach the Delhi borders on trolleys with ration for six months. Major Singh of Jalalabad in Moga said: “Our joy will be complete only after the process of repeal the laws is completed.” Ranjot Singh of Jagraon and Amarjeet Singh of Mallewal in Patiala nodded in Assent. “I have spent a year on the Delhi border. Will follow the SKM instructions on the next course of action,” said Hardyal Singh Ghali, district vice-president AIKS, Moga. Nachhattar Singh, an elderly farmer from Ludhiana, too said he would not budge till the government repealed the farm laws. “ We are not taking any chances,” he said. A huge relief for BJP-JJP govt Chandigarh, November 19 The PM’s announcement comes as a huge relief for the BJP-JJP government, whose leaders had been at the receiving end of the farmers’ ire over the past one year. Top BJP functionaries, including CM Manohar Lal Khattar and Deputy CM Dushyant Chautala, have been facing violent protests by the farmers during field visits. Several leaders of the ruling alliance wanted an amicable settlement to the issue. INSIDE Chandigarh, November 19 Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi on Friday announced a memorial to the farmers who died in the year-long protests against the controversial farm laws. Channi said his government would choose the site after consulting the farmers’ unions. “The Centre’s decision to withdraw the farm laws is a victory for democracy. The memorial will have names of all those who died during the stir. It will be a tribute to the sustained movement that shook the Centre. The success is outcome of the long and zealous struggle of the farmers and Give compensation to their families, Channi urges PM will be scripted in the annals of history,” he said. Sources said even as the Punjab Government’s move was being seen as an attempt to take credit for the success behind the farmers’ stir, the Congress had been supporting the farmers all through their movement. Channi demanded a compensation package from the Union Government for over 700 farmer families who suffered loss of life and property. He also demanded a law guaranteeing minimum continued on page 14 Farmers celebrate at Ghazipur. PTI ‘Staying put till all issues resolved’ New Delhi, November 19 Even as sweets were being distributed at the Ghazipur protest site after PM Narendra Modi’s announcement of repealing the farm laws, the farmers had a big message for the government that they were not packing off to their villages anytime soon. Amid all celebratory dance by the continued on page 14 Himachal Kisan Sabha calls it historic victory Shimla, November 19 Terming the PM’s announcement on repeal of three farm laws a historic victory, the Himachal Kisan Sabha said the protest would end only after the laws were repealed through the parliamentary process. Addressing the media here today, CPM leader and ex-secretary of sabha Rakesh Singha said the government left no stone unturned to defame the protesters. Kuldeep Tanwar, president, Himachal Kisan Sabha, said there were many state-specific issues for which farmers need to struggle. “Farmers are not getting MSP here, there are no mandis to buy grains, no MSP for vegetables, no MIS for apple on the lines of J&K,” he said. — TNS
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