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President Signs Farm Bills Passed Amid Unprecedented Drama In Parliament -Sunil Prabhu and Anindita Sanyal


Earlier this week, huge framers' protests were held over the bills, especially in Punjab and Haryana, states that are dubbed the grain bowl of the country.

New Delhi: All three controversial farm bills that are at the centre of a huge political storm and cost the ruling BJP its alliance with the Shiromani Akali Dal, became laws on Sunday with the signature of President Ram Nath Kovind. Flagging them as "historic" reforms in the agri sector, the Centre has said it would help the country's farmers proceed into the 21st Century, helping them get better price for produce.

The opposition had requested the President not to sign the bills -- which would have sent them back to parliament for reconsideration -- after two of the bills were passed in Rajya Sabha last week amid uproar.

The opposition has alleged that the bills were pushed through voice vote in violation of the rules. The government, it said, lacked the numbers, which would have become clear if a physical voting was held. They also accused Deputy Chairman Harivansh Singh, who was presiding over the proceedings, of colluding with the government.

Mr Singh and the government have said the opposition demands for physical voting were negated as the members were not in their seats while making the demand.

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