Indian farmers stage huge rally against agriculture laws
Hundreds of thousands of Indian farmers joined a major rally Sunday in defiance of three agricultural laws introduced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government.
Farmers’ groups called the meeting in the city of Muzaffarnagar, in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh – India’s most populous and politically significant state. Organizers said it was their biggest rally to date and would breathe new life into their protest movement which erupted in November. They also called for an all-India shutdown on September 27….
Uttar Pradesh is set for state-wide elections next year. Farmers’ representatives are urging voters not to reelect Modi’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The Samyukt Kisan Morcha, an umbrella body of 40 farmer unions spearheading the agitation, said their members will organize other protests across the state against the BJP. “Our message is very clear — either repeal the laws or face defeat in the state election,” Balbir Singh Rajewal, another farmers’ leader, said….