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Saturday, 26 December 2020

Farmers up the ante, seek rollback of laws

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 25

Up in arms against the three farm laws, farmers today staged a protest outside the venue of a function organised for the release of an instalment under the PM Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana at Kaimbwala village here.

As many as 462 farmers from Chandigarh got the benefit of the scheme during the event, organised by the UT Administration.

At the beginning of the programme, several farmer organisations gathered outside the venue and started raising slogans against the BJP, demanding a complete rollback of the three "controversial" laws.

A heavy police force was deployed at the venue as senior BJP leaders, including former city unit president Sanjay Tandon, former MP Satyapal Jain and city unit president Arun Sood, also attended the event.

Speaking on the occasion, city BJP president Arun Sood said Prime Minister Narendra Modi had given another gift to farmers. The instalment of Rs2,000 had been put in the bank accounts of the farmers. "Some people are trying to misguide the farmers, but they will not be deceived," he said.

The protesters, under the banner of the Punjab Kisan Union and the Pendu Shangharsh Samiti, Chandigarh, announced to oppose every programme of the BJP.

They said a large number of farmers from all villages of Chandigarh would reach the Delhi border on tractor-trailers on December 31 to celebrate New Year with the protesting farmers.

Farmers and farmer associations have been protesting against the three laws on agriculture reforms. Terming the laws anti-farmer, they have rejected the offer of the government to amend the laws, saying that the laws should be repealed.

from The Tribune

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