Karnataka farmers’ bandh today, may not hit normal life – Times of India

BENGALURU: More than 30 pro-farmer organisations have reiterated they will go ahead with Karnataka bandh on Monday to protest the central and state governments’ agriculture and APMC bills.

The bandh is unlikely to impact normal life in Bengaluru as all essential services are expected to operate on the morrow. Some 25,000 farmers are likely to arrive in the city for a rally, and this may hamper movement in central business district.
The oganisations decided to go ahead with the bandh after Karnataka chief minister BS Yediyurappa refused to withdraw the bills his government had tabled during the session.
Ignoring the CM’s appeal to call off the bandh, Kodihalli Chandrashekar, president of Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha, and Kuruburu Shanthkumar, president of Karnataka Sugarcane Growers’ Association, said they will go ahead with the bandh and stage a rally from Town Hall to Freedom Park around 11am. Several pro-Kannada organisations and the Congress have supported the bandh call. The farmer leaders have decided to gherao trains across the state.
Yediyurappa urges farmers to call off stir
Kodihalli Chandrashekar said all entry and exit points of Bengaluru city will be blocked.
Yediyurappa on Sunday appealed to farmer leaders to cancel the bandh, saying amendments introduced to laws like the APMC Act are pro-farmer. “Both my government’s stand and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision are pro-farmer. The amendment to the APMC Act gives farmers the right to sell their produce anywhere, apart from APMC yards. We have fulfilled a long-pending demand of farmers,” said the CM, adding 90% of the farmers have welcomed the amendment.
Revenue minister R Ashoka said the Karnataka Land Reforms Bill passed in the assembly was a continuation of the previous Congress regime’s decisions.
“The decision to implement these reforms was recommended by the Siddaramaiah government and was endorsed by several senior Congress leaders. We have withdrawn the increase in land ceiling and have stated no irrigated land can be procured for anything but farming. We have ensured that SC/ST land remains untouched by deciding to withdraw sections 79 A&B,” he said.
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