Bengaluru: Massive Farmers Protest March against Land Reforms and Farm bills

The protesters managed to go to the Governor's house and the farmer leaders held a meeting with the governor.

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Bengaluru: Farmers Protests are taking the country by storm. Farmer organisations in Karnataka have got another reason to protest against the center and state.

On Tuesday, the BJP government in Karnataka managed to get Karnataka Land Reforms (Second Amendment) Bill passed in the state legislative council with the support of the opposition JD(S) even as the Congress voted against the Bill. Karnataka Congress party walked out of the assembly in protest against the farm bills.

This along with the Farm bills from the center has added fire to the already angry farmers.

Around 3000 people have been protesting near the freedom park for the last 2 days.

Farmer organisations that had started the protest on 7th December and voiced their concerns about the three farm acts passed by the Modi government have intensified their protest after the passage of this new bill.

The protest movement in Karnataka is led by Aikya Horata (United Struggle), a coalition of farmers, labourers and Dalit groups along with farmers.

Today the Aikya Horata members led by  Kodihalli Chandrashekar, president of the Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha marched towards Raj Bhavan (governer’s residence) in Bengaluru to not to sign the bill.

Many Congress leaders with former Chief minister Siddharamaiah joined the Dharna and heard the concerns of the farmers. The protests managed to go to the Governor’s house and the farmer leaders held a meeting with the governor.

The governor has assured that he will direct the ruling government to talk directly to farmers.

The Karnataka Land Reforms (Amendment) Bill, 2020 sought to remove Sections 79 A, B and C of the Karnataka Land Reforms Act, 1961, which restricted farmland purchases only to agriculturists and to those earning below Rs 2 lakh per annum.

The farmers also expressed their solidarity with the farmer oganisations at Delhi borders.

The Karnataka chapter of the All-India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC), a coalition of several farmer organisations, has called for a six-hour bandh on Tuesday. The Karnataka Congress said it would launch a letter drive against the farm and labour laws. According to Congress Karnataka chief D K Shivakumar, these letters with the signature of farmers and labourers would be sent to the President.

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1 COMMENT

  1. Sorry, there are two mistakes in the reports.

    1. The Aikya Horata is not led by Kodihally c’shekar, rather he has back-stabbed it right from the Sept protests. In fact he can be called the black sheep among the farmer community.
    And y’day Dec 10 also, he did not lead the aikya protesters. Rather he was at the leaders’ end of a massive protest by KSRTC, BMTC workers who demanded to be made govt employees like in AP. (He did not even lead it, it was led by leaders of the workers themselves.) Aikya protest was led by farmers’ leaders bagadalapura Nagendra & Kuruburu Shanthkumar, Prof Kammardi, Noor Sridhar, DSS and other leaders.

    2. ‘Protesters managed to go to guv’s house’ is wrong reading. When protesters insisted on going to guv’s house, 15 leaders, one from each main participating organisations in the Aikya Horata, were escorted by the police to guv’s house where they insisted that they must meet the guv and got his audience.

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