Farmers in Punjab continued their 'rail roko' agitation for the fifth consecutive day and announced that the protests against the three farm bills are extended till October 2.
For almost a month now, the farmers in Punjab have been protesting against the new laws, which are meant to deregulate the sale of their crops.
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Monday said his government would approach the Supreme Court against the new farm laws and warned that Pakistan's ISI could exploit farmers' anger in the entire nation.
The Congress invoked Bhagat Singh, whose birth anniversary was being celebrated on September 28 during the protests, and Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh took part in a sit-in at the ancestral village of the freedom fighter.
Protests were also held in Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Telangana, Gujarat, Goa, Odisha and Tamil Nadu, where the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam and its allies, including the Congress, hit the streets.
Demonstrations were also held in Chennai, Coimbatore, Madurai, Tiruchirappalli and Tirunelveli, among other places.
In Goa, the Congress on Monday held a protest at Raj Bhavan against the three farm bills and asked the government to withdraw these “anti-farmer” laws.
Hundreds of Congress workers marched in Kolkata carrying haystacks on their shoulders and submitted a memorandum to West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar, urging him to "intervene and ensure" that the laws were repealed immediately.
In Bengaluru, farmers and Karnataka Rakshana Vedike members, including its chief TA Narayana Gowda, took out a rally and tried to stop buses, after which some of them were arrested.