Punjab farmers block roads, say MPs supporting farm Bills to be barred from villages

Chandigarh, September 15

The state’s agitating farmers on Tuesday warned that any Punjab MP who helps the farm Bills in parliament won’t be allowed to enter the villages as they blocked roads at many locations as a part of their state-wide protest. 

The protesting farmers squatted on highways and different key roads for 2 hours at a number of locations throughout the state in opposition to the three Bills calling them “anti-farmer”. Commuters confronted inconvenience due to highway blockades whereas the authorities diverted site visitors.    

The Centre launched the Bills on meals and agriculture reform within the Lok Sabha on Monday. The proposed legislations search to supply barrier-free commerce for farmers’ produce outdoors notified farm mandis, and empower farmers to enter into farming agreements with personal gamers previous to manufacturing on the market of agri-produce.

Intensifying their agitation, the farmers mentioned they have been compelled to take to streets due to the apathetic angle of the central authorities over their demand for the withdrawal of the Bills.

Different farmers’ outfits had given a name for highway blocks in Punjab to protest in opposition to the payments.    

“MPs who support these farm Bills in parliament will not be allowed to enter villages and we will teach him a lesson,” warned Bhartiya Kisan Union (Lakhowal) basic secretary Harinder Singh Lakhowal.    

Calling the Bills “worse than coronavirus”, he mentioned they might negatively have an effect on farmers, arthiyas (fee brokers) and farm labourers, if carried out.

Lakhowal, who was holding an agitation together with different farmers at Neelon bridge in Ludhiana, mentioned they wanted the assist of every MP because the central authorities was “hell bent” on bringing the Bills that are in opposition to the curiosity of the farming neighborhood.    

Lakhowal mentioned his outfit, together with 11 different farmers’ organisations blocked roads, primarily nationwide highways, at 25 locations within the state.    

“We will go to any extent to force the government to roll back the Bills,” he mentioned, including {that a} group of farmers would additionally maintain a protest in Delhi.

Meanwhile, in Moga, a couple of of the agitating farmers wore black robes whereas a few of them tied a noose round their necks.

Farmers underneath the banner of BKU (Ekta Ugrahan) held protests in Badal village in Muktsar and in Patiala whereas in Phagwara, they blocked National Highway 1 for 2 hours between Phagwara-Hoshiarpur sugar mill crossing and Phagwara-Nakodar highway crossing.

As a consequence, site visitors between Jalandhar-Phagwara-Ludhiana, Phagwara-Nakodar and Phagwara-Nawanshahr-Chandigarh was blocked, inflicting inconvenience to commuters.

Farmers additionally held a rally at a lock grain market in Phagwara.

Led by BKU (Doaba) president Manjit Singh Rai, farmers raised slogans in opposition to the federal government and demanded the withdrawal of the Bills. The protest was additionally joined by fee brokers and mandi staff.     

In Hoshiarpur, farmers underneath the banner of Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee staged a protest dharna and blocked vehicular site visitors at Bhangla on Jalandhar-Pathankot G T Road.

Meanwhile, Tanda Police on Tuesday registered a case in opposition to members of Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee for blocking the highway at Beas river bridge, village Rara, on Tanda-Sri Hargobindpur highway.

The Farmers’ Produce Trade And Commerce (Promotion And Facilitation) Bill, The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill and The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill have been launched in parliament on Monday.    

Farmers have expressed apprehension that these would pave the best way for dismantling of the minimal assist worth (MSP) system and they might be on the “mercy” of huge corporates.

The Congress-led authorities in Punjab described the Bills as a “blatant attack” on the federal construction. On August 28, the Punjab Assembly had handed a decision, rejecting the farm Bills. — PTI

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