The Delhi Assembly on Friday passed a resolution calling for compensation for farmers who lost their lives in the protest against the Three Farm Bills, the removal of charges against them and the removal of the Minister of State for Home Affairs Ajay Mishra Teni.
The resolution was passed at the one-day special session of the assembly.
Delhi Minister Gopal Rai proposed the resolution which stated that families of farmers who lost their lives during the farmers’ unrest should be given proper compensation and that lawsuits against farmers who supported the cause should be withdrawn.
“There should be a legal guarantee of a minimum support price. In the Lakhimpur Kheri case, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Ajay Mishra should be removed from office,” Mr. Ray.
The Center has decided to repeal the three agricultural laws passed by parliament last year. Farmers protest at Delhi’s borders against the Three Laws.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, his deputy Manish Sisodia and several Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) members took part in the discussion.
The start of the one-day special session of the Delhi Legislative Assembly began with an uproar. As soon as the House opened, opposition MPs demanded a discussion on pollution and the new excise policy, but the Speaker did not allow it.
Amid the uproar, BJP MP Jitendra Mahajan threw a paper towards the chair. Minister Kailash Gehlot opposed this and proposed his suspension from the House.
The president then suspended the BJP member for the remainder of the session. After that, the eight BJP MPs sat under the statue of Gandhi located in the assembly complex to support Mr Mahajan and protest against the president’s action.
Mr. Sisodia welcomed the farmers’ unions’ protest against the three farm laws. “It is the first movement after the movement of Gandhi ji in the history of the country which will be remembered as a peaceful and successful movement. Moreover, it is a new chapter in the history of democracy and it should be taught to generations to come,” he said.
Mr. Sisodia alleged that the Center failed to honor the farmers who died during the protest.
In his speech, Mr Kejriwal said it was the “biggest move”. “In 1907, there was a similar movement which lasted nine months, but this movement lasted 12 months. The government spared no effort to incite the farmers. They were run over by vehicles in Lakhimpur. But the farmers haven’t given up,” he said.
The chief minister said 700 farmers died during the movement. “I bow to all of them,” Mr Kejriwal said.
Referring to Lakhimpur Kheri’s violence, he also called for the removal of Ajay Mishra.
“I don’t know what the compulsion is for the Union Minister of State for Home not to be removed. He should be removed. Compensation should be given to the families of the farmers who have lost their lives in the movement. The cases registered against them should be withdrawn. We will stand with the farmers. I support the resolution proposed by Gopal Rai.
AAP MPs Jarnail Singh, Virender Kadyan, Vijay Mishra, Rakhi Birla, Mohinder Goyal, Atishi, Saurabh Bhardwaj, Vandana Kumari, Somnath Bharti and Dilip Pandey were among those who took part in the debate on the resolution.