Even after three weeks, Parliament passed three controversial agriculture bills, protests against the legislations continues in Punjab and Haryana. When two of the legislations were tabled in a chaotic session in Parliament on September 20, some Opposition MPs claimed that they would prove to be the “death warrant” for the agricultural field. Even as the ruling BJP dismissed these concerns, farmers in Punjab and Haryana are not convinced. They have adopted a variety of strategies to express their disregard.
Gheraoing facilities owned by corporations
As part of their protests against the the Bharatiya Kisan Union in Punjab have been gheraoing facilities run by corporations that run grain storage plants, toll plazas operated by them and power plants. On tractors, several farmers protested outside the house of former minister and BJP leader Manoranjan Kalia in Jalandhar.
Blocking roads and railways
In Haryana, the Bharatiya Kisan Union members farmers blocked roads to protest against the laws. Farmers staged sit-ins in Ambala, Kurukshetra and Yamunanagar on September 25. In Ambala’s Dinarpur village,farmers blocked National Highway 444A , and burnt effigies and hoardings of BJP and Jannayak Janta Party leaders in Dau Majra village in Kurukshetra.
Waving black flags
After laws were enacted, the Bharatiya Janata Party’s Haryana unit directed all its elected representatives to visit their constituencies to speak to farmers about the new provisions. But, farmers began to wave black flags at their elected representatives to show their dissatisfaction.