IN PICS: Thousands of farmers are staging massive protests in at least 13 states in India

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IN PICS: Thousands of farmers are staging massive protests in at least 13 states in India

  • From Punjab to Karnataka, thousands of farmers, backed by opposition party leaders, are asking the government to withdraw the recently passed farm laws.
  • Protestors have been shouting slogans, sitting on railway tracks, blocking highways, torching tractors to draw the attention of the government.
  • Protests were 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.

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, farmers’ protest against the agricultural bills passed by the Modi government last week has intensified in at least 13 states in India. From Punjab to Karnataka, thousands of farmers, backed by opposition party leaders, are asking the government to withdraw the recently passed laws.


President Ram Nath Kovind on Sunday gave his assent to the three contentious bills — the Farmers' Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020, and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, 2020.

Congress has been leading the protest in most of the states across the country. Interim Chief Sonia Gandhi urged Congress’ leaders in power to override the Modi government’s decision.

Protestors have been shouting slogans, sitting on railway tracks, blocking highways, torching tractors to draw the attention of the government. Police have already detained five members of the Punjab Youth Congress, who burned down a tractor in front of India Gate yesterday (September 28).


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.

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.
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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.

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.
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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.

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.
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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.

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.
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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.

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.
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Demonstrations were also held in Chennai, Coimbatore, Madurai, Tiruchirappalli and Tirunelveli, among other places.

Demonstrations were also held in Chennai, Coimbatore, Madurai, Tiruchirappalli and Tirunelveli, among other places.
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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.

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.
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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.

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.
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​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.

​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.
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