Prime News, Nation, (New Delhi), September 28:-The first petition against the Centre’s new contentious agricultural bills has been filed in the Supreme Court by Kerala MP TN Prathapan.
The plea has been filed against two of the three bills – Farmers’ (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Act – that received the President’s assent on Sunday. The petition seeks the quashing of two laws as unconstitutional and illegal and also wants setting up of separate tribunals for farmers like industrial workers.
Farmers’ organisations in Karnataka are observing a dawn-to-dusk shutdown across the state today to protest against the farm bills passed by the Parliament last week and approved by President Ram Nath Kovind on Sunday. Labour organisations, pro-Kannada outfits and political parties like the Congress and the Janata Dal (Secular) have extended their support to the bandh call.
The protests against the contentious bills have also intensified in Tamil Nadu, where the DMK is holding a state-wide agitation, and in Punjab, where CM Amarinder Singh is staging a sit-in.
The widespread protests come just two days after farmer organisations organised a Bharat Bandh on Friday against the new laws that
Critics say that these new agricultural laws will lead to farmers losing out on guaranteed purchase prices for their crops, to the benefit of large corporations. Most Opposition parties and farmers’ organisations across the country have strongly opposed the bills.
According to some media reports, former Congress president Rahul Gandhi may also join a protest in Punjab this week in support of farmers agitating against the government over the three farm laws passed by Parliament last week.
-(NAV, Inputs: Agencies)