'I refuse to accept these black laws...': AAP's Mahendra Goyal tears copy of Farm Laws during Delhi Assembly session

AAP MLA Mahendra Goyal tore a copy of the farm laws during his speech in the assembly.

"I refuse to accept these black laws which are against farmers," he said.

Delhi minister Kailash Gahlot on Thursday tabled a resolution in the legislative assembly to repeal the Centre's three new farm laws.

The AAP government has convened a one-day special session of the Delhi assembly to discuss the alleged misappropriation of nearly Rs 2,500 crore in the municipal corporations.

Thousands of farmers have been agitating against the agri-marketing laws at Delhi borders since the last 20 days demanding that the laws be repealed.

Many AAP leaders, including Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia, had joined the farmers' day-long fast on Monday in protest against the farm laws.

Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday held a meeting with Union ministers Nirmala Sitharaman, Piyush Goyal and Narendra Singh Tomar amid the ongoing farmers' agitation.

As on Thursday afternoon, the meeting was going on at the BJP head office here. It was also attended by the party's general secretaries CT Ravi, Dushyant Gautam and Arun Singh among others.

The Supreme Court on Thursday asked the Central government to explore the possibility of putting on hold the three farm laws, against which farmers are protesting at different borders of the national capital.

A bench headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) SA Bobde asked Attorney General KK Venugopal if the government can assure the court that it will not take any executive action on implementation of the law till the court hears the matter.

"What kind of executive action? Farmers will not come for discussion if this happens," Venugopal said. To this, the CJI said it is to enable the discussion.

The bench said notices have to go to all the protesting farmers' bodies and suggested that the case can be placed before a vacation bench of the court during the winter break. Venugopal said notice has to be served to all the farmers' representatives who have been part of the talks with the government so far.

During the hearing, the Chief Justice observed that a protest is constitutional until it does not destroy property or endanger life and remarked that the purpose of the farmers' protest cannot be realised by demonstrating without engaging in discussions.

The bench also said it was considering setting up an impartial and independent committee that will hear both sides and submit its findings.

"The protest is constitutional till it does not destroy property or endanger life. It is an absolutely perfect protest. But the purpose cannot be realised if they could continue to sit without talking. The Centre and the farmers have to talk," CJI Bobde said.

The bench said the farmers have a right to protest and it will not interfere with the same, but added that it will ask the Central government to slightly alter the manner in which the protest is being held to ensure it does not affect the citizens' right to movement.

(With inputs from Agencies)

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