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Congress president Sonia Gandhi, DMK chief M K Stalin, Samajwadi party chief Akhilesh Yadav and NCP member Sharad Pawar few among the many parties supporting the December 8th Bharat Band, also known as the Farmers’ union. Here’s what you need to know:
The Bharat Bandh protest is in lieu of the three new farm laws passed by the Central government; The Farmer’s Produce Trade and Commerce ( Promotion and Facilitation) Act 2020, the Essential commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020 and Farmers Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services (Empowerment and Protection) Act, 2020. Farmers state that the respective laws end the minimum support price system and gives corporate companies total control over the agriculture sector, giving no benefits or positive future outlook for farmers.
Eminent personalities from all over India are sharing their support via social media and interviews with media channels. 30 sports personalities from Punjab and some others want to return awards received from the government in honor of supporting the movement according to professional wrestler, Kartar Singh. Renowned Poet Surjit Patar has announced to return his Padma Shree, also in the name of the farmers’ protest.
NCP patriarch Sharad Pawar has also firmly opposed the new farm laws.
Shiromani Gurdwara Parandhak Committee (SGPC) has organized a prayer session at Akal Takht in Amritsar today to pray for farmers protesting in the Delhi borders.
Union minister RS Prasad has responded to the claims stating that the parties opposing the new farm laws have done also encourgaed private sector participation in the agriculture sector and are only opposing due to their losing polls and for the sake of participating against Modi government in the protest.
“Opposition parties have jumped into the issue of new farm laws. During UPA rule, they did exactly what Modi govt is doing today for reforms in the farm sector. Now that they're losing polls, they take part in any protest for the sake of their existence.”
- Union minister R.S Prasad
The government on the other hand, believes that these laws will have a positive effect on the agricultural sector, removing middlemen and contributing to the growth of farmers income.
Banking, shopping and transportation services might be effected in lieu of the Bandh.
By Meena Atmakuri