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Farmers protest against farm bills: Top developments

NEW DELHI: Several farmers' bodies have called for a Bharat Bandh on Friday, to protest against the three agri-reforms bills passed in Parliament during the Monsoon session. With both the ruling Congress and opposition AAP, as well as NDA ally SAD supportive of the farmers' agenda, the bandh is likely to be 'total' in Punjab.
Here's a look at some of the developments —

  • Offering to hold talks with farmers to clear apprehensions about the farm bills, BJP on Thursday accused Congress of "double-faced" politics and said Rahul Gandhi should first disassociate his party from its 2019 election manifesto in which it had promised what the Modi government has done.
  • At a press conference, senior BJP leader and agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar reiterated the government's commitment to farmers' welfare and said the new measures would bring them remunerative prices for their produce.
  • Congress on Thursday kicked off its nation-wide campaign against the farm bills passed by Parliament earlier this week and referred to them as “anti-farmer, unconstitutional and in violation of the federal structure”.
  • Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee has extended support to the Punjab Bandh on September 25 and announced to keep its offices closed. SGPC president Gobind Singh Longowal said,Read More – Source