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This is true statesmanship: Tripura HC Chief Justice on PM Modi repealing 3 farm laws

“I am not praising Mr. Modi, but I am just saying this is true statesmanship. If something is unpopular you take it back. Have you ever heard any PM say that he is apologizing?” Chief Justice Indrajit Mahanty said.

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New Delhi: Revocation of 3 farm laws by Prime Minister in address to the nation on Guru Nanak Jayanti set off series of political fireworks with Opposition berating the Centre for unnecessarily troubling the farmers for one-year. A couple of them rejoiced over the fact that government was forced to take back the ‘black laws’, even if came at the cost of sacrificing agri reforms.

However, in one of the key observations on the issue by Tripura High Court today, the Chief Justice Indrajit Mahanty described scrapping of farm laws as a ‘sign of true statesmanship’ by the Prime Minister.

“I am not praising Mr. Modi, but I am just saying this is true statesmanship. If something is unpopular you take it back. Have you ever heard any PM say that he is apologizing?” Chief Justice Indrajit Mahanty said while hearing a case related to communal violence in the state.

The Bench which also comprised Justice S Talapatra had assembled sometime after PM Modi announced repealing of farm laws.

Further elaborating his views, Chief Justice said that such is the nature of those holding public office that they should be open for criticism & adverse comments.

“If you are in authority you have to take it both, that is the consequence of holding this chair. We have to be open for criticism and adverse comments. We cannot say that we will not accept criticism, we are holding a public office.”

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Earlier in the morning, on the occasion of Guru Nanak Jayanti, PM Modi reiterated government’s motive before announcing revocation of these 3 contentious farm laws.

In his speech, PM Modi underlined the fact that agri reforms were brought to improve the livelihood of farmers, small & deprived in particular and never there was an intention to create hardship for them.

The three laws are — Farmers (Empowerment & Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance & Farm Services Act 2020, Farmers Produce Trade & Commerce (Promotion & Facilitation) Act & Amendment to Essential Commodities Act.

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