By Ishank Katyal
Bhartiya Kissan Union has filed a petition in the Supreme Court asking it to scrap three agricultural laws passed by Parliament in September. Thousands of farmers have over the past few weeks been protesting against these three laws, demanding that the government repeal them.
Bhanu Pratap Singh, the president of Bhartiya Kissan Union claimed in the petition that the three laws will lead to commercialisation and will throw the farmers at the mercy of corporates. Citing the ongoing farmers’ protest along the national capital’s borders, it said a “rail roko” agitation, too, would begin soon.
Over the past many weeks fierce protests have broken out across states such as Punjab, Haryana, and Uttar Pradesh, by farmers who view these laws as leading the way to their dis-empowerment, with their advantage moving to corporate bodies.
Thousands of them have sought to march towards Delhi in protest since early last month, in the process blocking the major roads leading to and away from the national capital.
Several political parties have voiced their support to the protesting farmers and sought the three laws’ repeal, though the government has not budged till now.