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Bharat Bandh Today Highlights: Farmers stir intensifies in Punjab; SAD chief Sukhbir, Harsimrat lead protest march in Lambi

Bharat Bandh, Farmers Protest: The Bharatiya Kisan Union and several other organizations on Friday began their nationwide demonstration and “chakkajam” against the three contentious farm legislations which were passed by Parliament earlier this week.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: September 26, 2020 3:16:05 pm
Akali Dal chief Sukhbir Singh Badal and former Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur lead protest march in Lambi constituency of Mukstar district in Punjab

Bharat Bandh: As stir intensified in Punjab, Akali Dal chief Sukhbir Singh Badal and former Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur led the farmers’ protest in Lambi, Punjab. Addressing the protest rally, Badal called for state chief minister’s intervention. He said, ” Punjab CM should call an immediate cabinet meeting & pass an ordinance to declare the State as one ‘Mandi’ to ensure recently passed agricultural Bills not enforceable in Punjab.”

The Bharatiya Kisan Union and several other organizations on Friday began their nationwide demonstration and “chakkajam” against the three contentious farm legislations which were passed by Parliament earlier this week. Police personnel in adequate strength were deployed across Punjab and Haryana to ensure law and order, officials told news agency PTI.

As many as 31 farmer organisations joined the call for a complete shutdown in Punjab. Some farmers gathered across several locations to disrupt vehicular movement while the others held protest marches. On Thursday, farmer unions began a three-day ‘rail roko’ protest at six different locations in the state with 1,000 to 1,500 farmers sitting on the tracks at each protest site.

Farmer groups in Haryana have urged residents to observe a bandh from 10 am to 4 pm on Friday. However, the National Highways have been exempted from the bandh call.

The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, and the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill were passed by the Parliament earlier this week.

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19:05 (IST)25 Sep 2020
Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee extends its 'rail roko' agitation in Punjab till Sept 29


The Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee on Friday announced extending its 'rail roko' agitation in Punjab against three farm Bills till September 29. The three-day agitation was scheduled to end on September 26. "We have decided to extend our agitation till September 29. We want the government to resolve the issue of farm Bills," committee president Satnam Singh Pannu said over the phone.

The 'rail roko' agitation had started on Thursday, forcing the railway authorities to suspend the operation of special passenger trains in the state.

Railway authorities had earlier said that 14 pairs of special trains would remain suspended between September 24 and September 26.

The decision to suspend rail operations had been taken keeping in mind the safety of passengers and protection of railway property from any damage, officials said.

18:47 (IST)25 Sep 2020
UP Police detain farmers protesting against farm bills in Lucknow

UP Police detained farmers who were protesting against new agriculture bills in Lucknow on friday.Express photo by Vishal Srivastav

17:36 (IST)25 Sep 2020
Rahul Gandhi interacts with farmers, opposes farm bills 2020

In an online interaction with farmers, Rahul Gandhi discussed their issues with the farm bills, 2020. Taking to twitter, Gandhi said that he supports farmers march against these bills.

17:21 (IST)25 Sep 2020
TN Min says farm bills will not affect Tamil Nadu ryots

The Tamil Nadu government on Friday sought to assert that the three farm bills passed in Parliament recently will not affect farmers, saying Chief Minister K Palaniswami will not allow any legislation detrimental to their interests. The farmers in the state will not be affected by the Central legilsations, Agriculture Minister R Doraikannu said. The government's assertion came on a day when farmers staged protests in different parts of the state against the agri-related bills that are being strongly opposed to by ryots across the country, besides opposition parties including the Congress and the DMK.

17:03 (IST)25 Sep 2020
Akali Dal chief Sukhbir Singh Badal leads farmers' protest in Lambi, Punjab

Shiromani Akali Dal chief Sukhbir Singh Badal drove a tractor while his wife and former Union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal sat beside him in Muktsar district. Sukhbir led a tractor march from his residence in Badal village to Lambi where the party had organised a protest against the Bills.

15:54 (IST)25 Sep 2020
Left wing farmers' bodies hold protests in Bengal against farm bills

Members of farmers' bodies loyal to the Left parties Friday staged protests in various parts of West Bengal as part of the nationwide stir demanding the withdrawal of the "anti-people" farm bills passed in the Parliament. CPI(M) farmers wing 'Sara Bharat Krishak Sabha' and those of other left partners such as CPI, Forward Bloc and RSP took out rallies in the districts and blocked roads for some time. Participants in the processions at some places carried vegetables and agricultural produce and shouted slogans against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar.

15:49 (IST)25 Sep 2020
TMC stages protest against farm bill in Kolkata

TMC protest against farm bill in front of Gandhi statue mayo road in Kolkata. Express Photo by Partha Paul

15:34 (IST)25 Sep 2020
Farmers hold picture of Bhagat Singh during protest against farm bills

The "Punjab bandh" call is getting support from government employees' unions, singers, commission agents, labourers and social activists. Shops, commercial establishments and vegetable markets at many places remained shut. Shopkeepers have been appealed to keep their shops shut in support of farmers. Farmers on Thursday had started a three-day ?rail rook? stir against the Bills and squatted on tracks in parts of the state. Chief Minister Amarinder Singh had said the state government was with them in fight against the Bills and no FIR will be registered for the violation of Section 144 of the CrPC, which bars assembly of more than four people at a place. As many as 31 farmers' organisations came together for a complete shutdown of the state.

15:10 (IST)25 Sep 2020
Farmers raise slogans like 'Kisan Ekta' at protest in Rohtak

Farmers protest continue in Rohtak

14:34 (IST)25 Sep 2020
'Disgusting conspiracy' against farmers: Randeep Surjewala

Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala today termed the farm Bills as a "disgusting conspiracy" against the farmers of the country, and described the legislations as "black laws". "The Modi government through three black laws has launched a brutal attack on farmers, farm labourers and their livelihoods," Surjewala told reporters. The Congress leader said the country has been attacked by the coronavirus, and by China on the border while "Modi ji has targeted the barns in India". "Today, farmers and farm labourers have called for a Bharat Bandh across the country and under the leadership of Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi, the Congress Party stands firm with them," he added.

14:29 (IST)25 Sep 2020
Peaceful protests in Himachal Pradesh

Peaceful protests were held at a few places in Himachal Pradesh but there were no reports of disruption of normal life or closure of any public services. The Himachal Kisan Sabha held protests in Shimla and some other places to demand a rollback of the three contentious laws. Kuldeep Singh Tanwar, state president of the organisation, said that prices of vegetables and other crops produced in the state may suffer if the new laws are implemented. “Last year, garlic produced in Himachal was bought for Rs 6-33 and then sold for as much as Rs 150 in some other states,” he said, while addressing a dharna outside the DC office in Shimla. HP Congress committee submitted a memorandum against the laws to the Governor. “The country's farmers are worried today, and Congress is worried about the country,” Congress state in-charge Rajeev Shukla said.

14:22 (IST)25 Sep 2020
Tamil Nadu farmers protest with human skulls

Farmers from National South Indian River Interlinking Farmers’ Association sit outside Collector's office in Trichy protested with with human skulls, chained hands and nooses around their necks today.

14:12 (IST)25 Sep 2020
Teacher joins farmers' protest in Ludhiana


A teacher, Davinder Singh Nagi, makes posters for farmers at along NH-1 in Ludhiana on Friday. (Express photo/Gurmeet Singh)

14:08 (IST)25 Sep 2020
Farm bills: TMC will lose Rs 900-cr income through middlemen, says Vijayvargiya

BJP national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya on Thursday slammed Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for opposing farm Bills, which were passed in Parliament on Sunday, and alleged that TMC leaders will lose Rs 900 crore as commission from farmers. Speaking to reporters during a news conference in Asansol, Vijayvargiya said, “In West Bengal, farmers do not sell their produce to kisan mandi (farmers’ wholesale market) directly. They sell their produce through middlemen who are affiliated to TMC. Now, with the passage of the farm Bills, TMC’s earning to the tune of Rs 900 crore will come to halt. That is why Mamata Banerjee and her party leaders are protesting against these Bills, as farmers will no longer pay the middlemen and there is no scope for any cut money (illegal commission) for her party members.” Click here to read more.

13:46 (IST)25 Sep 2020
Farmers' protest continue in Haryana


Farmers' protest underway in Rohtak district.

13:29 (IST)25 Sep 2020
Farmers protest reach Noida-Delhi border

As many as 150-200 farmers arrived at the Noida Gate in Sector 14A near Chilla, at the UP-Delhi border, where they were stopped by the Gautam Buddh Nagar police around 12 noon, PTI reported. "Police personnel have been deployed at the Noida Gate to check the movement of protesters. The situation is under control. We are talking to the farmers and ensuring no law and order situation arises," Deputy Commissioner of Police, Noida, Rajesh S told the news agency.

13:10 (IST)25 Sep 2020
Modi says farm bills to benefit small, marginal farmers most

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday hit out at opposition leaders over their protests against the farm Bills, and said that those who always "lied" to farmers are now "shooting from their shoulders" and misleading them for their own political benefit. "They are spreading rumours. Saving farmers from such rumours and explaining the importance of the agriculture reforms is the responsibility and duty of all BJP workers because we have to make the future of farmers bright," Modi said during an address to BJP workers on the occasion of the birth anniversary of party's ideologue Deendayal Upadhyay.

12:42 (IST)25 Sep 2020
Watch: Farmers chant slogans against Centre in Mansa district

Farmers chant slogans against the Centre over the farm Bills, while protesting on rail tracks, in Mansa on Friday.

12:40 (IST)25 Sep 2020
Pathankot continues with daily business

Despite a call for a statewide shutdown, BJP-dominated Pathankot decided to stay away from the protests today.

12:36 (IST)25 Sep 2020
Farmers protest underway in Hyderabad


A farmers' union affiliated to the Left parties stage a protest in Hyderabad on Friday. (Express photo/Rahul Pisharody)

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Farmers in Punjab and Haryana have been protesting against three farm reform bills — The Farmers’ Produce Trade And Commerce (Promotion And Facilitation) Bill, The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, and The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill — passed by the Parliament in the recently concluded Monsoon session. Last week, Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal, an MP of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), one of the BJP’s oldest allies, resigned from the Narendra Modi Cabinet, in protest against the bills.

While farmers are protesting against all three bills, their objections are mostly against the provisions of the first. And while there is no uniform demand among the protesters or a unified leadership, it emerges that their concerns are mainly about sections relating to “trade area”, “trader”, “dispute resolution” and “market fee” in the first bill.

As many as 31 farmers’ organisations, which have different ideologies and leanings, are to fight collectively against these Bills, and the first agenda on their common programme is the ‘Punjab Bandh Call’, slated for Friday (September 25).

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