Aam Aadmi Party invited to union’s convention on 21st April
Bangalore : The Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha announced a gathering of farmers on the 21st April calling for a repeal of laws on APMC and land reforms by the state government.
They accused the state government of running away from their responsibility.
“You (government) have to be clear whether you want to keep it (laws) or not. The state BJP govt should declare their decision. Otherwise, we (farm unions) will take the next decision,” said Kodihalli Chandrashekhar, President of the Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha.
The two laws were passed by the Karnataka government in 2020. This, after the Centre, passed the three farm laws earlier in the year, leading to massive protests. While the Centre later repealed the laws, the state government hasn’t.
The Agricultural Produce Marketing Committee Act allows the farmers to sell their produce outside the government mandis. The Land Reforms Amendment Act permits citizens to own agricultural land, even if they are not from an agricultural background.
The farm union also invited the Aam Aadmi Party to the convention.
“For this programme, we have decided to invite Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann. Together, we will take decisions to display the political will and commitment of our organization,” said Chandrashekhar.
The AAP says it supports the farmer’s movement
“This is purely a farmer’s protest. We have to discuss that (poll alliance with farmers’ political outfit) with the state team. As of now, we are not thinking of any alliance. AAP and Arvind Kejriwal are very much part of this farmers’ movement,” said Mohan Dasari, AAP President in Bangalore.