IN PICS | Farmers' protest enters Day 12, nation braces for Bharat Bandh
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Thousands of farmers, mostly from Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, are protesting at various border points of Delhi against the new farm laws. Several rounds of talks between the Centre and farmers have failed to break the deadlock.
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The three farm laws enacted in September have been projected by the government as major reforms in the agriculture sector.
However, the farmers have expressed apprehension that the new laws would eliminate the safety cushion of Minimum Support Price and do away with the mandis.
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As the farmers have camped on the borders of Delhi for more than 10 days, several communities have come out in their support. The farmers have been supported by several minority groups in their fight against the Centre's farm laws.
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Despite several rounds of talks with the Centre, the farmers have said that their protest will continue till the three farm laws are fully repealed. The protesters have also called a Bharat Bandh on December 8.
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Several opposition parties have come out in support of the Bharat Bandh call and said that they will be joining the farmers in the nationwide strike on December 8.
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On Monday, UP Police took Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav into custody after party workers led by him broke through a security cordon to sit on a dharna in the heart of Lucknow to oppose the new farm bills.
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The SP chief was scheduled to go to Kannauj to lead farmers protest there after the party gave a call for a statewide ''kisan yatra'' against the farm laws on Monday.