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On Guru Nanak Jayanti, Centre's Big Farm Laws Move As Punjab Polls Loom

On Guru Nanak Jayanti, Centre's Big Farm Laws Move As Punjab Polls Loom

PM Modi chose Guru Nanak Jayanti, the birth anniversary of the first Sikh guru, to announce the move.

New Delhi:

Opposition parties have congratulated the protesting farmers for their "victory" after PM Modi's decision today to repeal the three contentious farm laws that have seen ongoing protests from farmers at the borders of the national capital, and across the country, for over a year now. The Prime Minister chose Guru Nanak Jayanti, the birth anniversary of the first Sikh guru, to make the announcement that might have an influence on the upcoming Punjab elections. The state goes to the polls early next year.

This move comes just two days after the Centre announced the reopening of the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor, the road to Gurudwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur in Pakistan, which would benefit a large number of Sikh pilgrims.  

Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu hailed the "sacrifice" of the farmers and called the move "a step in the right direction". 

"Repealing of black laws a step in the right direction .... Satyagrah of Kisan morcha gets historic success.... You're sacrifice has paid dividends.... Revival of farming in Punjab through a road map should be the top priority for the Pb govt ....accolades," he tweeted.

Former Punjab Chief Minister thanked the Prime Minister for "acceding to the demands of every Punjabi" on the occasion of Guru Nanak Jayanti.

"Great news! Thankful to PM @narendramodi ji for acceding to the demands of every punjabi & repealing the 3 black laws on the pious occasion of #GuruNanakJayanti. I am sure the central govt will continue to work in tandem for the development of Kisani! #NoFarmers_NoFood," Captain Singh tweeted.

Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal said the "martyrdom" of "over 700 farmers" who died during the protests will always be remembered. "The coming generations will remember how the farmers of my country risked their lives to protect farmers and farming," he said.