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Karnataka Bandh September 28 Highlights: Ready to make changes for benefit of farmers, says CM Yediyurappa

Karnataka Bandh Today, Farmers Protest September 28 Highlights: Hundreds of farmers under various associations and activists took to the streets against the anti-farmer legislations as the police forced struggled to ensure law and order across the state.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru | Updated: September 29, 2020 8:12:14 am
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Karnataka Bandh September 28 Highlights: Several Congress and JD(S) workers were detained on Monday amid the statewide bandh, to protest against the amendments to the Agricultural Produce Marketing Committee Act and land reforms acts made by the B S Yediyurappa government, news agency ANI reported. Hundreds of farmers under various associations and activists took to the streets against the anti-farmer legislations as the police forced struggled to ensure law and order across the state.

“We have not given permission for any protests in the city. We will deploy 12,000 civil police, 47 KSRP, 24 CAR platoons in Bengaluru. Senior police officials have been deployed to supervise the situation,” Bengaluru City Commissioner Kamal Pant said.

The demonstrations were against two important amendments to the Karnataka Land Reforms Act and the Agricultural Produce Marketing Committee Act passed by the Karnataka Assembly despite strong objection by the opposition parties, mainly the Congress and JD(S). The amendment to the KLR Act lifts restrictions on purchasing agricultural land and enables any individual to purchase it.

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19:22 (IST)28 Sep 2020
Farm laws protests: Kerala Congress MP moves SC, Amarinder says his govt will follow suit
Farmers and activists shout anti-government slogans during a protest against farm bills in Bengaluru, India, Monday.(AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)

As farmers’ organisations and Opposition and regional parties continue to protest against the contentious new farm laws, a Congress MP from Kerala moved the Supreme Court on Monday challenging the constitutional validity of one of the Acts.

TN Prathapan, the Lok Sabha MP from Thrissur, 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. He argued the law, which was accorded presidential assent on Sunday, is “liable to be struck down as unconstitutional, illegal and void”.

In the plea filed through his lawyer James P Thomas, Prathapan said, “Indian Agriculture is characterised by fragmentation due to small holdings and has certain inherent weaknesses beyond control such as dependence on weather, uncertainties in production and an unpredictable market. This makes agriculture risky and inefficient in respect of both input and output management.”

18:01 (IST)28 Sep 2020
Karnataka bandh: Thousands of farmers hit the streets in Bengaluru; several Cong, JD(S) workers detained
Thousands of farmers gathered at Mysuru Bank circle and in front of Town Hall in Bengaluru, throwing traffic haywire (Express photo)

Pro-farmer organisations backed by a number of other social and political outfits on Monday staged protests across Karnataka over amendments to Agricultural Produce Marketing Committee Act and land reform acts amid a statewide bandh.

Farmers, labourers, pro-Kannada activists, and Dalit organisations hit the streets in support of the bandh while thousands of farmers gathered at Mysuru Bank circle and in front of Town Hall in Bengaluru, throwing traffic haywire.

Several Congress and JD(S) workers who gathered at Myuru Bank circle were detained and taken in BMTC buses to City Armed Reserve (CAR) headquarters and KSRP Parade Ground in Madiwala.

17:48 (IST)28 Sep 2020
Govt not shutting down APMCs: Yediyurappa

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa clarified that the government was not shutting down APMCs. "... We are only giving you complete independence so that you can sell at the APMC or sell it where they get the good price. This is a historic decision. I appeal to our farmers' associations that whoever is misleading you,just wait for six months or a year. All the hassles in selling your produce will go," he added. 

Regarding the amendment to the KLR Act, the Chief Minister said there were about 18 lakh-20 lakh acres of barren land and after this amendment, anyone can do farming.

17:47 (IST)28 Sep 2020
CM Yediyurappa expresses willingness to talk to farmer leaders

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Monday expressed his willingness to talk to farmer leaders, as ryots staged demonstrations in several parts of the state during the Karnataka Bandh on Monday against two bills.

The Chief Minister's reaction came as pro-farmer organisations backed by a number of other social and political outfits including the Congress today called for a state-wide Bandh against the amendments to the Agricultural Produce Marketing Committee Act (APMC) Act and Karnataka Land Reforms (KLR) Act passed by the State Assembly.

"I want to tell the farmer leaders that conduct the agitation today but later come, sit with us and have a discussion. I am always ready to make changes for the benefit of farmers," the Chief Minister told a a press conference. He said that the amendment to the APMC Act will enable farmers to sell their produce wherever they wish. They can sell either in the APMC or sell it directly to anyone in any part of the state and the country, he explained.

"There was a time when cases were registered against farmers for selling their produce from one district to another district. We are removing these restrictions on farmers to sell their produce anywhere," the Chief Minister said.

17:35 (IST)28 Sep 2020
DMK, allies protest against farm laws, Stalin says "ready to go to court"

DMK and its allies hit the streets in Chennai, Coimbatore, Madurai, Tiruchirappalli and Tirunelveli among other places across Tamil Nadu on Monday, protesting the three farm sector legislations, with chief M K Stalin saying his party was ready to challenge the Centre's contentious move in court.

Addressing a demonstration at a village in neighbouring Kancheepuram district as part of the state-wide protest, Stalin alleged the new laws would drive farmers away from their lands. Kerala was readying to approach the Supreme Court against the laws and Tamil Nadu government should follow suit and if this does not happen, "we (DMK) as an opposition party are ready to go to court on behalf of farmers and the people," he said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had often said that he was the son of a poor mother and "this son of a poor mother is now making a large number of Indians poor" the DMK chief charged. Attacking Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami, he said though the AIADMK leader took pride in calling himself a farmer, the lives of the royts have "taken a hit" only after he assumed power. Stalin alleged farmers would be driven out of their own lands and their lives shall go backward.

After consultations with allies, the next course of action like further protests against the farm laws would be decided, he said.

17:28 (IST)28 Sep 2020
Senior Congress MLA H K Patil tests positive for COVID-19

Senior Congress MLA H K Patil on Monday said he had tested positive for coronavirus.

"I have been tested positive for #Covid19. I am asymptomatic but quarantined myself for 10 days," Patil, a former minister and Congress in-charge of Maharashtra, tweeted Monday morning. Expressing hope that he would be perfectly alright soon, Patil requested all those who had come in his contact in the last few days to get themselves tested as a precaution.

He is the third MLA to have attended the recently concluded Karnataka Assembly session who tested positive for COVID-19. Prior to him, Deputy Chief Minister Govind Karjol and Gandhinagar MLA Dinesh Gundu Rao tested positive for coronavirus among those who had attended the assembly session recently.

17:11 (IST)28 Sep 2020
Congress MP from Thrissur moves SC against Farm Bills 2020

Meanwhile, Congress MP from Thrissur LS constituency in Kerala, TN Prathapan, moves SC challenging constitutionalty of The Farmers' (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020.

16:52 (IST)28 Sep 2020
Congress is taking u-turn on Farm Bills: Tejasvi Surya

BJP's Tejasvi Surya says, "Farmers know that Farm Bills passed by the government is for their welfare. Congress, which is today, protesting against the bills had earlier promised in its manifesto to bring these reforms if it comes to power. But since Modi govt has done it now, Congress is taking u-turn."

16:07 (IST)28 Sep 2020
WATCH | Karnataka Bandh: Farmers take to streets in Bengaluru against farm bills

Various organisations supporting farmers and the Karnataka Bandh plunged into the protest against the recent amendments to Land Reforms, APMC, Electricity and Labour Acts by the Karnataka government.

15:43 (IST)28 Sep 2020
Karnataka bandh: Police detained protesters in Bengaluru

The Bengaluru police on Monday afternoon detained protesters who were protesting against amendments to farm laws, APMC and labour laws.

Hundreds of protesters who gathered at Myuru Bank circle are being detained and taken in BMTC buses to City Armed Reserve (CAR) headquarters and KSRP Parade Ground in Madiwala.

15:05 (IST)28 Sep 2020
Political outfits lend support to bandh in Karnataka

The dawn-to-dusk bandh call in Karnataka has been supported by several pro-Kannada and other outfits along with opposition Congress and the JD(S) party, who had also opposed the amendment bills in the assembly.

The bandh is also backed by several labour organisations who are protesting against amendments to certain labour laws during the brief assembly session that concluded on Saturday.

Pro Kannada organisation 'Karnataka Rakshna Vedike' activists barged inside Bengaluru's Kempegowda International Airport to mark their protest, while the Karnataka Rakshna Vedike were detained by police near Kranthiveera Sangolli Rayanna Railway Station in Bengaluru.

Meanwhile, Karnataka Congress leaders Siddaramaiah, Congress State chief DK Shivakumar met the farmers who are on a protest and extended their support to Karnataka Bandh.

14:39 (IST)28 Sep 2020
Bengaluru police set up checkpoints along airport route

In the wake of the protests, Bengaluru Police on Monday requested air travellers to cooperate with police checkpoints along the airport routes. CK Baba, Deputy Commissioner of Police, North East Division, Bengaluru City, said, “Air travellers are requested to cooperate with police checkpoints along the  airport. Please avoid accompanying people to drop passengers. Only passengers with valid ticket or boarding pass are being allowed in the airport today.” The police have also set up checkpoints in all the main roads and highways to stop protesters from entering inside the city.

14:32 (IST)28 Sep 2020
Protests in Bengaluru slows down traffic

While public transport in the state ran as usual, traffic in the capital city was disrupted due to the protests. Auto-rickshaws and private cab services in the city were unavailable. Limited shops and other commercial establishments remained open in Bengaluru.

14:08 (IST)28 Sep 2020
State owned public transport to remain unaffected: Deputy CM

Despite the bandh, state owned public transport bus and metro services are scheduled to operate normally. Deputy Chief Minister Laxman Savadi, who is also the incharge of transport department, on Sunday clarified that services of all the four state road transport corporations and even the Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation will be available, and the Police Department has been requested to provide additional security.

13:53 (IST)28 Sep 2020
Wait for six months to see results, CM Yediyurappa tells protesting farmers

Amid the ongoing agitation, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa today said that he had tried to speak to the leaders of various farmers' organisations but in vain. "They have already decided to protest. Being a farmer's son, I am on the farmers' side. These amendments have been brought after long discussions," he said. The CM urged the farmers to wait for six months or a year. "We haven't closed the doors on APMC, you can sell it at APMC or wherever you can get a fair price. I request the farmers to wait for another six months or a year. You'll get to know how it will help you," he said.

13:46 (IST)28 Sep 2020
Karnataka govt warns of action against statewide bandh

The Karnataka government had earlier warned of stern action against any forcible enforcement of the bandh. It said that all necessary steps would be taken to ensure there was no disruption to the normal functioning of its offices, hospitals, shops and establishments and maintaining services of taxis and buses. 

13:44 (IST)28 Sep 2020
Karnataka Bandh: Areas that have been affected

The protests were staged at important locations in Bengaluru, Ramanagara, Mandya, Mysuru, Chamarajanagara, Kolar, Chikkaballapura, Tumakuru, Ballari, Raichur, Chitradurga, Kalaburagi, Yadgir, Vijayapura, Bagalkote, Bidar, Belagavi, Uttara Kannada, Udupi, Dharwad and Davangere among others. In Bengaluru, several agitations were staged in Mysuru Bank circle, Town Hall, Yelahanka and Ballari Road.

13:42 (IST)28 Sep 2020
Agriculture bills are death sentence for farmers: Rahul Gandhi

In a fresh attack on the Centre, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi today alleged that the agriculture-related laws are a "death sentence" for farmers whose voice has been crushed both inside and outside Parliament. Taking to Twitter, he said: "The agriculture laws are a death sentence to our farmers. Their voice is crushed in Parliament and outside. Here is proof that democracy in India is dead." 

12:40 (IST)28 Sep 2020
IN PICS | Congress leaders supports Karnataka Bandh

Karnataka Congress leaders Siddaramaiah, Congress State chief D K Shivakumar met the farmers who are on a protest to extend their support to Karnataka bandh.

11:28 (IST)28 Sep 2020
IN PICS | Karnataka Bandh: Kannada activists detained by police

Karnataka Rakshana Vedike members were detained by police near Kranthiveera Sangolli Rayanna Railway Station in Bengaluru.

Police have beefed up security across the state and Bengaluru. Bengaluru Police have deployed 12,000 civil police, 47 KSRP, 24 CAR platoons in the city.

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Virgin Hyperloop and Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) on Sunday signed a first-of-its-kind Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to conduct a feasibility study for a proposed hyperloop corridor from Kempegowda International Airport to Bengaluru city.

According to a statement released by Virgin Hyperloop, the connectivity could reduce the travel time between the airport and city center to 10 minutes.

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