Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today attacked new agricultural laws passed by the Punjab Assembly on Tuesday, calling them “counterfeit” and claiming the people of the Punjab had been duped.
“Raja sahib, you have amended the laws of the Center. Can a state change the central laws? You have made drama,” Kejriwal said in the tweet referring to Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh and asking whether the state’s new agricultural laws will guarantee its farmers minimum price support.
राजा साहिब, आपने केंद्र के क़ानूनों को edit किया।क्या राज्य केंद्र के क़ानूनों को बदल सकता है? नहीं। आपने नाटक किया। जनता को बेवक़ूफ़ बनाया। आपने जो कल क़ानून पास किए, क्या उसके बाद पंजाब के किसानों को MSP मिलेगा? नहीं। किसानों को MSP चाहिए, आपके फ़र्ज़ी और झूठे क़ानून नहीं https://t.co/VlrWRCUFY1
– Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) October 21, 2020
He was responding to a tweet from the official official of the Chief Minister of the Punjab who sought to denounce the double standard of parties that had supported the new laws in the assembly and then criticized them.
On Tuesday, the Punjab became the first state to reject and formally oppose three controversial agricultural laws passed by the Center last month in unprecedented chaos in parliament. The Assembly first presented a resolution against the laws of the Center, and unanimously approved four bills aimed at countering those passed by Parliament.
These three new bills now require the assent of the Vice President of the Governor of Punjab, Singh Badnore, and must then be approved by President Ram Nath Kovind.
After the four bills were passed by the assembly, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, along with leaders of Mr. Kejriwal’s Aam Admi party and Shiromani Akali Dal, met with Governor Badnore to seek his approval for the new laws.
Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar later said the central government would deliberate on the resolution passed by the Punjabi Assembly.
The Punjab has become the epicenter of protests against the central agricultural laws, seen by many as putting farmers at the mercy of corporations.