Agartala: The left-wing organisations in Tripura on Sunday held rallies and mass demonstrations in front of all district and sub-divisional magistrate offices in solidarity of the farmers who have been protesting against the three farm laws in Delhi border for the past 19 days.
The left leaders demanded immediate withdrawal of all three farm laws. Addressing the supporters, Narayan Kar, farmers leader and former MP said that for the first time post-independence, this is the first such farmers movement in which people across the country have joined.
“The farmers have been protesting for the last 19 days. People from Rajasthan have walked to Delhi to join the protest. Water cannons are being fired on the agitating farmers in the cold weather where the temperature goes below 4 degrees,” Kar said.
He also said that the farm laws have been passed to help the capitalist of the country and not for the welfare of the farmers.
“Farmers have no religion. They have one common interest. At least 15 farmers have died while protesting in the Delhi border. The central government seems to be least interested in holding talks. They are not ready to withdraw the bill at any cost”, Kar added.
The Gana Mukti Parishad president and former Lok Sabha MP Jitendra Choudhury said that the bills were passed in the parliament without following the due procedure.
“At a time when people were suffering from the threat of an outbreak of coronavirus and lockdown, the central government passed the bill. Any crucial bill which was passed in the parliament or amendments is taken up in front of either, select committee or standing committee or joint parliament committee. A public hearing is also done by the government,” Chaudhury said.
He further said that the government cleared the bills within a day without holding any discussion.
Manik Dey, state president of Centre for Trade Union of India (CITU) who was also present in the protest, said that the farmers will respond to the government in due time.
“Those sitting on the helm will have to face the consequences in future”, Dey added.
The three bills which were passed by the parliament include—The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020, The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020 and The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill 2020.