Amidst the ongoing farmers' agitations, DMK chief MK Stalin has written to Tamil Nadu CM Edappadi K Palaniswami seeking a special assembly session to bring a resolution against the Centre's farm laws.
As of now, 5 states - Delhi, Kerala, Rajasthan, Punjab, Chandigarh - have passed a resolution against the Centre's farm bills.
Thousands of farmers have been protesting since last month at the Singhu border against the Farmers' Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020, and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020. They are demanding the repeal of the three laws.
Enacted in September, the three farm laws have been projected by the Centre as major reforms in the agriculture sector that will remove the middlemen and allow farmers to sell their produce anywhere in the country.
However, the protesting farmers have expressed the apprehension that the new laws would pave the way for eliminating the safety cushion of the MSP and do away with the "mandi" (wholesale market) system, leaving them at the mercy of big corporates.
(With inputs from ANI)