Karnataka Bandh to take place on this day
Karnataka Bandh to take place on this day

There have been a lot of stir because of the Farm Bill that recently got approved. The Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha and Aikya Horata Samithi, as well as many other farmer organizations and allied groups, are likely to hold a state-wide closure on Friday (September 25). The discussion of a strike comes as a massive rally by the farmers was administered in Bengaluru against the BJP which is in power in both state and central governments. The farmer assemblies have declared that they will block the national highway too. 

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As widely reported, many farmers in Karnataka are against the controversial laws passed by the state government on land and agricultural issues, namely the  Karnataka Land reforms (Amendment) Ordinance 2020, Karnataka Agricultural Produce Marketing (Regulation and Development) (Amendment) Ordinance, 2020. The farmers have also been opposing the similar Farm Bills declared in the Rajya Sabha on Sunday amid turmoil and opposition.

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A final call on holding the agitation will be planned by farmer leaders later on Wednesday. So far, many labour organizations, Peace Auto and Taxi Association, Bharath Vehicles drivers Union, Ola, Uber and Taxi for Sure Owners and Drivers Association, Lorry Owners Association and others have already announced their support to the farmers. Among other terms of these laws, the protesting farmers are opposing the relaxing of norms which will allow non-agriculturalists of any income group to acquire agricultural lands and retrospectively decriminalises those who bought farmlands illegally till now. They fear this will lead to land hoarding as the laws also offer an increase in land-owning ceilings.

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