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Gehlot asks Centre to apologise to farmers

Rajasthan CM seeks repealment of the laws  

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Friday asked the BJP government at the Centre to tender an apology to the farmers for their harassment during their agitation against the agriculture sector laws and repeal the three Acts, which were brought without any consultation.

The Bills were passed in the Parliament “unconstitutionally, with brute majority and without any discussion”, while no prior consultation was done with the State governments, farmers’ groups and agricultural experts, said Mr. Gehlot.

On the other hand, the Opposition had demanded that the Bills be sent to a select committee, he said.

“The farmers are on the roads in the entire country today... The Chief Ministers of four Congress-ruled States, including me and Amarinder Singh, had sought an appointment with President Ram Nath Kovind to discuss the issue, but the request was turned down probably out of some compulsion,” Mr. Gehlot tweeted.

The Chief Minister affirmed that the stakeholders’ dialogue with the government must continue in a democracy. He criticised the Centre for its handling of the protests against the legislations and demanded that the laws be withdrawn without delay and an apology be tendered to the Annadata (food providers).

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