Despite uproar in Parliament and large-scale protests by farmers, President Ram Nath Kovind on Sunday gave his approval to three contentious farm bills. Soon after the president’s assent to the bills, the Maharashtra government announced that it won’t implement the “anti-farmers” law in the state. “The Bills passed by Parliament are anti-farmers. So we’re opposing it. Maha Vikas Aghadi will also oppose it and not implement it in Maharashtra. Shiv Sena is also with us. We’ll sit together and form a strategy,” Mahrashtra revenue minister Balasaheb Thorat said. Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh termed the move as “unfortunate and distressing”. He said that his government is exploring all options, including possible amendments to the state laws, to protect the interests of the farmers.