Farmers hold nationwide protest, demand revocation of farm bills
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Farmers' organisations are holding a nationwide demonstration on Friday against the three contentious farm legislations that were passed by Parliament earlier this week. In pic: Farmers block the Lehragaga-Sangrur highway in Punjab.
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At least 31 organisations, under the banner of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU), are participating in the agitation. They have called for a complete shutdown of Punjab. In pic: Bharti Kisan Union (Dakaunda) state general secretary Jagmohan Singh Patiala addresses farmers at the Bhawanigarh-Sangrur highway.
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Farmers have said the three Bills -- The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020, and The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020 -- would leave them at a disadvantage and at the "mercy" of big corporates. In pic: Farmers protest in Faridkot on Friday.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has tried to assure farmers that they will benefit from the changes. In pic: Farmers at the NH1 Toll plaza in Ludhiana's Ladowal. (Express Photo: Gurmeet Singh)
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In Punjab, the ruling Congress and the AAP have extended support to the farmers. The Shiromani Akali Dal, which has been holding protests as well, announced it would block roads. In pic: A protest at Shaheed Chowk, Barnala.
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Security has been heightened in Punjab and Haryana. In pic: Police barricades at NH1 Toll plaza at Ladowal. (Express Photo: Gurmeet Singh)
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Farmers are demanding the three Bills be revoked. In pic: In Barnala, a book seller, jeweller and garment shop owner come out in support of farmers.
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Farmers' trucks block the Ludhiana-Jalandhar NH1 in Ludhiana. (Express Photo: Gurmeet Singh)
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Roads are blocked in Haryana, during the nationwide bandh.
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Davinder Singh Nagi, a teacher, makes posters for farmers at NH1 in Ludhiana. (Express Photo: Gurmeet Singh)