Farmers in Punjab refuse to relent, hold statewide protests - ECAS Punjab

Farmers in Punjab refuse to relent, hold statewide protests

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Tribune Reporters

Chandigarh, August 10

Farmers across the state took out rallies by heading towards the houses of Congress and SAD-BJP leaders in protest against the three farm ordinances.

Protests were held in all districts, except Mohali. While the Akali-BJP leaders were urged to raise their voices against the ordinances in Delhi, the Congress leaders were reminded by the farmers to call a special session of the Vidhan Sabha immediately and announce their decision not to implement these ordinances in Punjab.

As many as 10 farmer organisations had participated in these protests. Darshan Pal, convener of the All-India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee, said the farmers in different districts handed over memorandums to 100 political representatives. "We have issued them a warning that if they failed to act, they will have to face the ire of the farmers," he said.

In Bathinda, more than 200 activists of the BKU Sidhupur gathered outside the deputy commissioner's office and courted arrest. Kaka Singh Kotra, state secretary, BKU Sidhupur, said, "These ordinances will ruin the farmers as the Centre is planning to scrap the MSPsystem." Ashwant Singh, DSP (City), said, "Around 250 farmers have been detained so far. Further talks are on with them."

In another protest, farmers took out a bike rally to Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal's office in the city, but the police halted their march. Later, they went to AAP MLA Rupinder Kaur Ruby's house to stage a protest. However, Ruby took the memorandum from them and assured her full support.

In Muktsar, farmers staged protests and met SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal at his Badal village residence.

They also staged a protest outside the residence of Gidderbaha MLA Amrinder Singh Raja Warring and handed over him a memorandum demanding that the Vidhan Sabha should pass a resolution against these ordinances.

Meanwhile, farmers blocked Kotkapura-Bathinda bypass road along the district administrative complex.



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