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What’s black in farm laws except for its ink: VK Singh expresses dismay over its rollback

By Saima Siddiqui 
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New Delhi: A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a to repeal the three contentious farm laws at the centre of a year long protests by farmers, Union minister General (retired) VK Singh on Saturday hit out at the farmers’ union and asked the farmers what was black in the farm laws barring the ink used to write them.

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The Union minister of state for road transport & highways and civil aviation, while recounting his interaction with a farmer leader said, “I asked a farmer leader to tell me what is black (in the farm laws). You people say this is a black law. I asked them what is black barring the ink (used).’

“They said we endorse your view but these (laws) are still black. What is the cure (for this)? There is no cure,” the former Army chief said expressing his exasperation.

Singh said that in the farmers’ organisations, there is a fight for supremacy among themselves. “These people cannot think about the benefits to small farmers,” he said.

In his address to the nation on Friday, PM Modi had said, “It seems some of the farmers are still not convinced by our sincere efforts. We have decided to repeal the three farm laws. The constitutional process to repeal these laws would be completed during the Parliament session that would start at the end of this month.”

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