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Farmers burn copies of farm laws in Punjab

Chandigarh, June 5

Farmers burnt copies of the Centre’s three farm legal guidelines close to residences of BJP leaders and at different locations in Punjab on Saturday as they noticed ‘Sampoorna Kranti Diwas’ to mark the day when these legislations had been promulgated as ordinances final yr.

Farmers carrying black flags raised slogans in opposition to the BJP-led central authorities for not scrapping the legislations which, they mentioned, will “destroy” the farming neighborhood.

Police personnel had been deployed and barricades put up close to the protest websites to keep up regulation and order.

The decision for observing ‘Sampoorna Kranti Diwas’ was given by the Samyukta Kisan Morcha, an umbrella physique of protesting farmer unions spearheading the agitation in opposition to the farm legal guidelines.

In Phagwara, farmers burnt copies of the farm legal guidelines close to the residence of Union minister Som Parkash at City Property. The protesters assembled close to the GT Highway and marched in the direction of his residence.

Police put up barricades on the highway resulting in Prakash’s home to forestall protesters from reaching there, officers mentioned.

The Union minister was not at residence on the time of the protest.

The agitating farmers additionally held a protest close to Prakash’s residence in Mohali district. Police had been deployed and barricades erected exterior the minister’s home to forestall any untoward incident.

In Chandigarh, a protest was held in opposition to the Centre for not repealing the farm legal guidelines, the principle demand of the agitating farmers.

After being promulgated as ordinances on this present day final yr, the farm legislations had been handed by Parliament in September. The president gave his assent to the payments later that month.

Scores of farmers have been tenting at Delhi’s borders since November final yr demanding that the Farmers’ Produce Commerce and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020; Farmers’ (Empowerment and Safety) Settlement on Worth Assurance and Farm Companies Act, 2020; and the Important Commodities (Modification) Act, 2020 be rolled again, and a brand new regulation made to ensure minimal help value (MSP) for his or her crops.

Nonetheless, the federal government has maintained the legal guidelines are pro-farmer.

A number of rounds of talks between the farmers and the federal government have failed to interrupt the impasse over these contentious legal guidelines.

The federal government final held talks with farmer leaders on January 22. The talks between the 2 sides got here to a halt after a January 26 tractor parade by farmers in Delhi turned violent. — PTI

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