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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday announced the repeal of his government’s controversial agricultural laws, which had led to protests by tens and thousands of farmers across the country and threatened to damage the Bharatiya Janata Party in the upcoming state elections.

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whereas announcement of In a surprise move, Modi said in a television broadcast that all three controversial agriculture laws passed by his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government last year will be repealed in the upcoming Parliament session.

Modi then urged the protesting farmers to go back to their families and said, “Let us make a fresh start.”

The protesting farmers welcomed the Prime Minister’s announcement with cautious optimism but Rakesh Tikait, one of the group’s leaders, said, said The protests would continue until Parliament actually repealed the laws.

Modi’s sudden concession to protesters comes months ahead of state elections in three major north Indian states with large farmer populations.

Many of the protesters belonged to the Sikh minority group and Friday’s announcement also coincided with the Sikh holiday of Guru Nanak Jayanti.

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