New Delhi, November 19
Even as Punjab farm unions today announced that thousands of protesters would participate in the “Delhi Chalo” march on November 26, the Supreme Court today restored a PIL against the Centre’s three farm laws that it had dismissed earlier.
The Supreme Court restored the petition after the petitioner, advocate ML Sharma contended that Parliament didn’t have the legislative competence to make laws on agriculture as it was a state subject under the Constitution’s Seventh Schedule .
“We will restore and keep the matter for admission after two weeks,” said the Bench after Sharma submitted that he couldn’t argue his case on the last date of hearing.
A Bench led by CJI SA Bobde had on October 12 dismissed Sharma’s PIL even as it issued notices to the Centre on several other petitions against the farm laws that have triggered protests in various parts of the country, particularly Punjab.
Dr Darshan Pal of the Joint Kisan Morcha said on the occasion of the Constitution Day (November 26), the country would witness the beginning of a historic struggle of farmers. “The movement has reached a decisive phase. Farmers from across the country are arriving in Delhi… We have the support of over 500 farmer unions,” he claimed.
Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, meanwhile, urged the Centre to “show magnanimity and not link the restoration of freight services with the movement of passenger trains”.
He said the Centre should back the state’s efforts towards ending the agitation, which had grave repercussions for Punjab and the nation. — TNS