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Protests Over Farm Bills Continue After President’s Nod, Punjab CM To Participate In Dharna

Opposition met President Ramnath Kovind last week and demanded return of the farm bills. But, the president approved the bills on Sunday.

 

New Delhi| Opposition to farm laws continues in many parts of the country, including Delhi, Haryana and Punjab. On Sunday, President Ramnath Kovind gave assent to all the three farm bills making them into laws. But protests continue to rage across the country. Protesters set fire to a tractor near India Gate in Delhi today. Punjab Youth Congress workers brought the tractor in a truck and then unloaded it and set it on fire.

 

Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh will sit on a dharna in Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar today. He said that in view of the interests of the farmers, all options, including amendments to the law of his state, are being considered. Farmers in Karnataka have also declared a shutdown today. In view of this, police has been deployed in Kalburgi.

 

The President approved the farmers’ bills

3 bills related to farmers were passed in Parliament last week. Vice President Venkaiah Naidu had also suspended eight opposition MPs who had created a commotion in the Rajya Sabha in protest. After that, the Opposition met President Ramnath Kovind and demanded return of the bills. But, the president approved the bills on Sunday.

The opposition fears that the new bills will hurt the farmers and the it may effectively end the MSP system in the near future. But, the government has said that the support price will continue and new bills have been brought for the benefit of farmers.

 

The Akali Dal split from the NDA in opposition to the bills

Harsimrat Kaur Badal, leader of the Shiromani Akali Dal and former food processing minister in the Modi cabinet, had resigned in protest of the farmers’ bills. On Saturday, the Akali Dal also announced its separation from the NDA.

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