Police Use Force, Water Cannons to Disperse Protesting Farmers | As farmers from Punjab led by the state's Youth Congress unit attempted to break the barricades on Ambala-Mohali highway near the Punjab-Haryana border on Sunday afternoon amid protests against controversial farm bills, which cleared parliament , police resorted to use of force and water cannons in an attempt to disperse them. Farmers in Punjab and Haryana have been protesting against the new legislations ever since the bills were cleared in Lok Sabha.
Will Take BJP and its Allies to Court Over Unconstitutional, Anti-farmer Laws, Says Amarinder Singh | Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Sunday said his government would take the BJP and its allies, including the Akalis, to court over the new unconstitutional, undemocratic and anti-farmer laws of the central government. He said he would fight till his last breath to protect the farmers’ interests in the state.
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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Sunday said that the farmers grow gold from land, but the arrogance of the Modi government is making farmers shed tears of blood.
Parliament Ruckus Over Farm Bills | Rajya Sabha passed three contentious farm bills amid massive uproar by opposition members in Parliament, even as farmers in several parts of the country staged protests against legislations. The upper House witnessed a bedlam when some opposition members led by the TMC climbed on to the chairman's podium as the government pushed for the passage of two contentious farm bills. Ruckus prevailed after Deputy Chairman Harivansh overruled opposition pleas for postponing Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar's reply to the debate on the two bills till Monday as the scheduled sitting time of the House was over.
JJP MLAs Join Protests Against Farm Bills | Farmers on Sunday blocked roads in Haryana and burnt effigies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in neighbouring Punjab, protesting against the farm bills passed in Parliament. Two MLAs from the Jannayak Janta Party (JJP), which is part of the BJP-led ruling coalition in Haryana, also participated in the protests, reflecting a rift on the issue among their ranks on the issue.
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The bills passed by Parliament will liberate farmers from the constraints of middlemen, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said.
Kanpur Farmers Welcomes Govt Decision, Demands Exclusion of Middlemen | Farmers in Kanpur district of Uttar Pradesh welcome the new agriculture reform bills. "We welcome the farm bill but the central govt should think more about the farmers. They should exclude the role of middlemen & take steps to ensure that farmers don't commit suicide," farmers told news agency ANI.
Security Beefed Up in Punjab, Haryana Amid Farmers Protest | Several farmers' organisations across a few states are protesting against the three contentious farm reforms bills tabled by the government and passed in the Lok Sabha recently. The farmers are protesting over fear that the fresh farm reforms would dismantle the minimum support price system.
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The BJP and Congress held back-to-back press conferences and blamed each other for tarnishing Parliament’s image over the passage of the farm-sector bills in the Rajya Sabha.
Why Are Farmers Protesting?
Farmers across several states are up in arms against the three contentious farm-sector bills tabled by the government in Parliament -- Farmers' Produce Trade And Commerce (Promotion And Facilitation) Bill; The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill; and Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill. Several farmers' bodies staged protests on Sunday against these bills over the fear that they will no longer get paid at the Minimum Support Price (MSP). Protestors expressed apprehension that these bills will pave the way for dismantling the minimum support price system, leaving them at dependent on corporate houses.