New Delhi: Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) chief and leader of opposition in Tamil Nadu MK Stalin wrote to Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Friday. Stalin requested CM Palaniwami to convene a special Assembly session immediately to pass a resolution against the Centre’s new farm laws.Also Read - "Scrap All 3 Farm Laws, Lest Kerala Starves": State Assembly Resolution
Stalin’s request comes a day after the Kerala Assembly adopted a resolution pressing for repeal of the laws. Also Read - BJP Suffers Losses in Haryana Mayoral Elections Amid Farmers Protest
Palaniwami’s ruling party All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) is in alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for 2021 Tamil Nadu Assembly polls. Also Read - Kerala Govt to Convene Special Assembly Session To Pass Resolution Against Farm Laws
However, Palaniwami has hinted at a breakaway from the alliance. The AIADMK said “the party would not share power after 2021 Assembly elections.”
Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu BJP chief L Murugan said that the AIADMK-BJP alliance is still intact and the ties of the two parties are strong.
The AIADMK-BJP alliance will go against the DMK-Congress alliance in the upcoming Assembly elections so it will be interesting to see if the CM agrees to hold the Assembly session to bring a resolution against it’s ally on the request of the opposition DMK.
The AIADMK has been defending the farm laws with Palaniswami himself saying they do not affect the farmers, especially those from his state.
Farmers, mainly from Punjab and Haryana, have been protesting for nearly 40 days near Delhi demanding scrapping of the Central agricultural laws, contending that they were harmful to their interests, a charge rejected by the government.
Stalin said farmers have been protesting outside Delhi for 37 days, braving the cold but ‘determined’ on their stand, seeking repealing of the three legislations.
“Being the first state to have given farm loan waiver and free electricity to farmers, it is imperative that Tamil Nadu stands by the farmers during this period of crisis for them and help in realisation of their demands,” Stalin said.
“I request that a resolution be adopted in the state assembly against the three central farm laws and the House be convened immediately for it,” he added.
Congress-ruled Punjab and Left-led Kerala, besides the AAP government in Delhi, had earlier adopted assembly resolutions backing the agitating farmers and seeking repeal of the three laws.