Farmers protest in India intensify — Kerala MP and Punjab CM to move the Supreme Court, three Punjab BJP leaders resign
- Around 15-20 people set a
tractor on fire at India Gateon Monday morning following protests by farmers and opposition parties across the country.
- Farmers across the country — in Punjab, Haryana, Maharashtra, Karnataka, and Delhi — have been blocking highways, restricting access to rail and other transport to raise their voice against the agricultural-related laws.
- These laws allow farmers to sell their produce to private players outside the market set up by the government.
- Thousands of farmers in Karnataka have called for a day-long shutdown to protest the amendments.
TN Prathapan, who represents Thrissur Lok Sabha constituency in Kerala, has alleged that the Farmers' (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020 is violative of Article 14 (right to equality), 15 (prohibition of discrimination) and 21 (right to life and liberty) of the Constitution.
Meanwhile, Punjab CM Amrinder Singh — who has been supporting farmers since the beginning — has decided to move the Supreme Court as well.
Whereas, three BJP leaders — Kikar Singh Kutbewal, Charandeep Singh, Angrej Singh Mintu — have decided to quit.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi alleged that the agriculture-related laws are a "death sentence" for farmers whose voice has been crushed both inside and outside Parliament.
Around 15-20 people set a tractor on fire at
#WATCH: Punjab Youth Congress workers stage a protest against the farm laws near India Gate in Delhi. A tractor was… https://t.co/ixRAoLMceE— ANI (@ANI) 1601264172000
किसान बिल के विरोध में कुछ लोगों ने इंडिया गेट के पास राजपथ पर ट्रैक्टर में आग लगाई। #KisanBill2020 @indiatvnews https://t.co/1xCWlvk6QW— Sonu Kumar (India TV) (@Sonu_indiatv) 1601261686000
Protests across rest of India
Farmers across the country — in Punjab, Haryana, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Delhi — have been blocking highways, restricting access to rail and other transport to raise their voice against the agricultural-related laws. Protesters are also said to have reportedly burned effigies of political leaders who support these bills.
These laws allow farmers to sell their produce to private players outside the market set up by the government. Before the law, farmers weren’t allowed to sell their produce outside an Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC).
PM Narendra Modi has insisted in his latest Mann ki Baat that these laws will allow farmers to fetch a good price for their produce. However, farmers believe the laws remove the provision of the minimum support price, which gives an edge to a private player.
The Punjab Youth Congress staged a protest — and live-streamed the protest on their official Facebook page — against the Central government this morning.
If the deaf are to hear, the sound has to be very loud: Bhagat Singh.In honour of the memory of Shaheed… https://t.co/kgDbDuBLYq— Youth Congress (@IYC) 1601265386000
They said they are here to protest against the ‘black laws’ brought by the government for farmers of the country and are supported by the Amrinder Singh government in Punjab.
Thousands of farmers in Karnataka called for a day-long shutdown to protest the amendments.
Maharashtra’s restaurants and bars are likely to reopen for dine-in services
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