CM urged to revoke changes to Land, APMC laws
The bandh by farmers and workers in the state to protest against the anti-farmer and anti-worker bills passed in Parliament and in the state assembly has been postponed from September 25 to September 28. This was the consensus of 9 farmers’ organisations which discussed the issue online.
On Wednesday, State Farmers’ Union president Kodihalli Chandrasekhar said there would be no bandh if Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa revokes amendments to 3 laws, including the Land Acquisition Act and the APMC Act.
That there are differences among farmers’ representatives was apparent when senior farmer leader Kurubur Shanta Kumar said he had ‘no information’ on the bandh. “We will take a decision on this and announce it at a news conference,” he said.
Kodihalli Chandrashekhar noted that there have been differences among farmers’ organisations for many years, and there are also ‘fake’ organisations. “We will make our stand on the bandh clear tomorrow,” he said.
Meanwhile, thousands of farmers have already gathered in Bengaluru from different parts of the state. The September 28 bandh is likely to witness a large number of protesting farmers congregating near Mysore Bank Circle.