‘Karnataka bandh’ likely on Sept 28; farmers to continue protest until Sept 26

Prime News, National, Karnataka, Agriculture, Farmers, Bengaluru/Mysuru, September 23:- The Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha has called for a Karnataka bandh on September 28 against the Farm Bills and said that over 30 organisations have extended their support.

While it was first announced that there would be a state-wide bandh on September 25, now 9 farmers associations under the Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha have decided for ‘Karnataka bandh’ on September 28.

On Wednesday morning (September 23), the farmers had announced that there will be no bandh on September 25, however, all national highways and state highways will remain closed. But the farmers have now decided not to block the highways and they will operate normally on September 25.

On September 25, the farmers will conduct a protest at the Mysore Bank Circle in Bengaluru. Close to 5,000 farmers are expected to take part in the protest.

On Tuesday, Dalit organisations, labour unions, private taxi owners’ association, lorry owners’ owners’ association and auto unions in Bengaluru had come out in support and backed the bandh call by the farmers.

KRRS president Badagalapura Nagendra

Talking to reporters, KRRS president Badagalapura Nagendra said, “Along with Bharat bandh on September 25, we had planned Karnataka bandh the same day. But we are planning for a massive state protest on September 25.”

But the problem is, Hasiru Sene and Sugarcane Growers’ Association are yet to give their nod for the protest. Kuruburu Shanthakumar has said they are undecided on the protest scheduled for September 28. “We are going to support Bharat bandh on September 25. We are planning to resort to ‘rasta roko’ and ‘jail bharo’ to press home our demands.”

Reacting to this, Nagendra said, “We will try and convince Shanthakumar and go ahead with our plans.”

Though the farmers’ unions are divided over many issues, there will be a massive meeting tomorrow (September 24) to arrive at a proper decision. (MR, Inputs: Agencies)

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