Protest against farm bills: Tractor set on fire in Delhi, 5 arrested
New Delhi/IBNS: Five people have been arrested for setting a tractor on fire in the heart of the national capital in protest against the controversial farm bills passed by the Indian Parliament a week ago, media reports said.
The tractor was set on fire near India Gate in Delhi allegedly by Congress workers.
Slamming the Congress, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has put up a tweet, "What message the Congress is conveying to the farmers by setting a tractor on fire? Bhagat Singh had sacrificed his life for India's Independence while Congress resorted to violence to oppose the farmers' independence. It is an insult to both farmers and Bhagat Singh."
ट्रक में ट्रैक्टर लादकर प्रदर्शन-निषिद्ध क्षेत्र में लाकर आग लगा देना, कांग्रेस कार्यकर्ता किसानों को क्या संदेश दे रहे हैं?— BJP (@BJP4India) September 28, 2020
भगत सिंह ने देश की आजादी के लिए जान दी, ये किसानों की आजादी के विरोध में हिंसा कर रहे हैं।
ये किसान और भगत सिंह, दोनों का अपमान है।#AntiFarmerCongress pic.twitter.com/aDMQluaa5J
Various parts of India, a country of 36 states and union territories, are set to witness protests against the farm bills, which have now become laws with President Ram Nath Kovind's signature, on Monday.
Karnataka, the southern state which is run by the BJP, is witnessing a bandh called by farmers groups against five bills, three passed by Parliament and two by the state legislature.
The two farm bills passed by the assembly will help the buying of agricultural lands easier.
Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh along with several other Congress workers held a protest against the farm bills, which will now allow farmers to sell their produce to institutional buyers beyond the regulated wholesale market.
I along with my colleagues from @INCPunjab held a protest against Centre's Anti-Farmer Laws at Khatkar Kalan in SBS Nagar. Most of our farmers are small & marginal who will be severely impacted by these legislations. We stand by Punjab’s farmers & will do everything to oppose it. pic.twitter.com/OEbKx7qxgf— Capt.Amarinder Singh (@capt_amarinder) September 28, 2020
Farmers and opposition leaders have criticised the Centre's move stating small peasants will have little bargaining power while selling their produce to institutional buyers, running the risk of getting exploited.
Though Prime Minister Narendra Modi repeatedly assured that the farmers won't be deprived of the Minimum Support Price (MSP), multiple opposition parties took to streets launching widespread protests.