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Mumbai: AAP protests against “anti-farmer” farm bills

The Mumbai unit of AAP carried out ‘bike rallies’ to register their protest against the “anti-farmer farm bills”. This was in response to a nation-wide call by the Arvind Kejriwal-led party to protest against the central government.

Mumbai: AAP protests against “anti-farmer” farm bills
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The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Thursday protested against the three agriculture bills passed by Narendra Modi government in the ongoing monsoon session of Parliament. 

The Mumbai unit of AAP carried out ‘bike rallies’ to register their protest against the “anti-farmer farm bills”. This was in response to a nation-wide call by the Arvind Kejriwal-led party to protest against the central government. 

The Narendra Modi government passed three agriculture bills - Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020, The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020, Amendment to 1955 Essential Commodities Act - which are being opposed by farmers, especially in Punjab and Haryana. 

In Rajya Sabha, the bills were passed by voice vote and eight MPs including AAP’s Sanjay Singh opposing the bills were suspended for “misbehaviour”. 

Meanwhile, during the protest, AAP leader Preeti Sharma Menon and Maharashtra AAP Secretary Dhananjay Shinde were detained by Mumbai Police. However, the bike rally continued with black flags and placards to Dadar.

"We are responsible citizens. We followed physical distancing norms and were wearing masks. We consciously took a decision to not protest in a particular place but take a bike rally to Chaityabhoomi instead, but the Police didn't allow us to do so,” Menon said. 

She further said that the Modi government has passed anti-farmer bills, which will reduced them to slavery and render them as farm labourers in their own farmlands. 

“We stand with our farmers, we  oppose this bill and are determined to fight the good fight with them,” Menon said. 

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