Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), the main opposition party in Tamil Nadu, has asked Chief Minister E Palaniswami to convene a special session of the assembly to bring a resolution against the Centre’s three contentious farm laws.
Kerala and Punjab have passed similar resolutions against the laws.
DMK president MK Stalin, in a letter written to the Chief Minister on Friday (January 1), said, “it is time Tamil Nadu stands with the protesting farmers.”
He said, “Tamil Nadu is the first state to waive loans to farmers and provide free electricity. It is imperative that Tamil Nadu, at this critical juncture for farmers, unites without any distinction, stands by their side and insists that their demands be met.
“A passage of the resolution must be brought in the Tamil Nadu Assembly against the three farm laws of the Centre. For that, the Assembly must be convened immediately,” Stalin wrote.
On December 18, DMK and its allies had observed a one-day fast in Chennai in support of farmers protesting against the farm laws.
The sixth round of talks between the Centre and the farmers’ unions ended recently. The four-point agenda set by the farmers’ unions was tabled in the meeting, with the government conceding to two demands — that farmers be kept out of the ambit of the penalty for stubble burning, and the Electricity Amendment Bill 2020 be scrapped.
The government has proposed the formation of a committee to discuss farmers’ demands and issues related to the three agricultural laws and MSP.