Even as the Lok Sabha passed three of the contentious agriculture reforms bills, farmers in several states are opposing the move.
Several farmers outfits have announced an intensified agitation after the Union government passed three agriculture sector Bills in the Lok Sabha. Many of them are now supporting the strike on September 25 against the contentious agriculture reforms bill.
To raise the voice of nationwide agitating farmers, the Punjab Youth Congress will organize a ‘Tractor Rally’ from Punjab to Delhi on September 20.
In addition to this, over 250 farmer and farm-worker organisations, under the umbrella of All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC), have also given a call for a ‘Bharat bandh’ on September 25.
Meanwhile, the social media protest against the bills also took place wherein hashtags like #WeAgainstFarmBills, #25सितम्बर_भारतबंद were trending on Twitter.
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In the monsoon session, three ordinances were promulgated to usher in agricultural reforms for raising the income of the farmers and giving them more freedom to sell their produce. Besides Haryana, farmer protests have been witnessed in Punjab and Telangana.
Notably, the move has also brought differences between allies Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) in Punjab, which has also opposed the ordinances.
Displaying her opposition to the Bills tabled by the NDA government, SAD leader and Union Food Processing Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal had on Thursday evening resigned from the Union Cabinet.
(With inputs from agencies)