Karnataka Bandh: Farmers protest against state farm bills

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The protest by the farmers against the central laws turned violent in the national capital of Delhi with a group of Youth Congress workers from Punjab setting ablaze a tractor at the India Gate.

Karnataka Bandh: Farmers to protest against state farm bills

The early response to the state-wide bandh called by various farmers’ organisations in Karnataka in protest against the passing of the Agricultural Produce Marketing (Regulation and Development) (Amendment) Bill and the Land Reforms Act has been partial.

According reports reaching the state capital, the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation buses operated services and shops and business establishments normally in most parts of the state. In Bengaluru city KSRTC and BMTC buses and metro services were operated, while cabs and auto services were affected partially.

Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha and Hasiru Sene and other organisations staged a protest in front of Sir Puttanna Chetty Town Hall in Bengaluru. The Congress, which is the main opposition in the state, will be taking out a rally to the Raj Bhavan as part of its all-India agitation. The farmers are also set to take out a march from Town Hall to Mysore Bank Circle.

Isolated incidents of blocking roads were reported from some place. In a bid to stop a bus amid, protesters staged a sit-in on a road in Hubli. The protesting farmers' organisations offered flowers to shopkeepers in Hubli and requested them to support the bandh.

In several places across Mandya district, farmers and activists of various opposition parties held bike rally and rasta roko protests. All India Kisan Sabha and some other organisations staged a protest in front of Hemavathi statue in Hassan and also hold held a bike rally.

No untoward incident was reported from any part of the state in the early hours of the bandh, which was supported by opposition parties-Congress and Janata Dal (Secular), several pro-Kannad outfits and some trade unions.  

The farmers' organisations announced dawn-to-dusk bandh after the state legislative Assembly on September 26 APMC Act and the Land Reforms Act amidst protest by the opposition Congress and JD(S).

Commenting on the bandh call, Karnataka CM Yediyurappa on Sunday asserted that his government was pro-farmers and said that there was no 'scope' for the agitation. "I had called leaders of farmers’ organisations and discussed with them the stand of our government and the desire of the Prime Minister (which) is pro-farmer," Yediyurappa told reporters.

Meanwhile, the protest by the farmers against the central laws -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-turned violent in some parts of the country.

In the national capital of Delhi, a group of workers of the Punjab Youth Congress set a tractor ablaze near India Gate in the morning. The incident occurred as part of widespread agitation against three farm bills cleared by the Parliament last week.

The three became law after receiving President Ram Nath Kovind’s assent on Sunday. The bills, dubbed anti-farmer by the Opposition, have triggered widespread protests across the country. After a call for Bharat Bandh on Friday, large-scale protests continued in Punjab and Haryana against the farm laws amid concerns that the reforms would

20 people set fire to a tractor at Rajpath in the national capital, a PTI report said. The incident occured as part of widespread agitation against three farm bills cleared by the Parliament last week.The three bills cleared by the Parliament became law after receiving President Ram Nath Kovind’s assent on Sunday.

The bills, dubbed anti-farmer by the Opposition, have triggered widespread protests across the country. After a call for Bharat Bandh on Friday, large-scale protests continued in Punjab and Haryana against the farm laws amid concerns that the reforms would eventually lead to abolition of the Minimum Support Price (MSP) system for farmers and leave them at the mercy of private sector companies for procurement of their produce (with inputs from agencies)

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