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Farm Bills: Protests held across UP; farmers stage ‘panchayat’ at Delhi-UP border

Farmers and agitators held protests across Uttar Pradesh on Friday against the farm Bills passed by Parliament, alleging that the “anti-farmer” legislations are meant to benefit multinational companies and industrialists.

Farmers under the banner of Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU), Samajwadi party and the Congress held protests in various districts of the state.

Hundreds of farmers sat on protests on the UP-Delhi border after they were stopped by police personnel from moving towards the National Capital, disrupting traffic in Noida and Ghaziabad.

A heavy deployment of police personnel in riot gear was made to ward off any disturbance during the protest, a part of the nationwide demonstration against the three farm Bills passed during the monsoon session.

Some organisations allege the Bills are “anti-farmer”, but the government argues that the farmers have been “misled” and the Bills actually free them to sell their produce outside the APMC mandis.

Samajwadi Party members held protest in all the districts of the state and sent a memoranda addressed to Governor Anandiben Patel, requesting her to ensure that these are not implemented in the state as they are “anti-farmer and anti-worker”.

“On the directives of party’s national president, SP workers sent memoranda to the governor thorough their respective district magistrates, demanding that the anti-farmer and anti-workers bills should not be implemented in the state,” SP chief spokesperson Rajendra Chowdhury said.

In a statement issued here, party chief Akhilesh Yadav said his party has always been at the forefront of raising issues of public interest and always stood against the ruling party for their anti-people stand. He said in the present regime while youth is unemployed, big capitalists have their eyes on the farmers’ land.

“Laws are being made in Parliament only for multinational companies and a few industrialists. The BJP government has first introduced a Bill for the exploitation of farmers to benefit capitalists and now a Bill of labour exploitation to benefit industrialists. They brought the Bills without taken any suggestions,” Akhilesh said.

Congress workers also held protests against the three Bills at several places while terming them “anti-farmer”.

In Noida, the farmers were at the Noida Gate in Sector 14A near Chilla, at the UP-Delhi border, where they were stopped by the Gautam Buddh Nagar police around 12 noon, officials said.