After over one year of agitation over farm laws, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today announced that the Centre will repeal the three controversial laws. PM Modi apologised and said that the government "failed to convince a section of farmers" over the farm laws. He said the three contentious laws will be repealed during this month's Parliament session. The three laws, introduced in September 2020, allowed farmers to directly sell their produce, outside government-regulated wholesale markets, to big buyers. The government said this will unshackle farmers and help them get better prices. Since last year, tens of thousands of farmers have camped on major highways to Delhi to oppose the laws, in India's longest-running farmer' protest against the government. The announcement comes ahead of February-March elections in Uttar Pradesh where farmers are an influential voting bloc.