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The Puducherry Assembly on Monday adopted a resolution demanding repeal of the central farm laws after it witnessed high drama with Chief Minister V Narayanasamy tearing copies of the contentious acts against which farmers are protesting near Delhi. A special one-day session of the union territory assembly also passed another resolution reiterating its demand for full statehood, the tenth time it resorted to the measure since 1987.

All three members of DMK, the ruling Congress’ ally, were conspicuous by their absence while the entire opposition — All India NR Congress, AIADMK and BJP boycotted the proceedings as the two resolutions were adopted by a voice vote. Talking to reporters outside the assembly, opposition leaders claimed the strength of the Congress in the 30-member House has come down to 14 after one of its legislators N Dhanavelou was disqualified for alleged anti-party activities.

They also said the relations between Congress and DMK had strained and hence the government should prove its majority. Puducherry is the latest to adopt an assembly resolution against the farm laws. Earlier, non-BJP ruled states including Kerala, Punjab, Rajasthan and Delhi have passed…


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