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The electoral verdict on farm laws

The Centre should consider reviving the scrapped farm laws but only after involving the states

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A K Bhattacharya
Amidst the excitement and jubilation in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over its victory in four of the five recent Assembly elections, the role of two major governance-related developments does not appear to have received the kind of attention they deserved. These developments pertain to the government’s management of the Covid pandemic and the Centre’s initiatives on farm-sector reforms. During the pre-election campaign, it was widely believed that these issues would have a decisive impact on the electoral fortunes of both the ruling and challenger parties.

This had made the Assembly elections, particularly in Uttar Pradesh and Punjab, a little different.
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First Published: Mar 22 2022 | 10:59 PM IST

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