Bengaluru: Thousands of farmers took to the streets of Bangalore protesting the government’s proposed changes in the Land Reforms Act which would permit non-agriculturists to purchase farmland.

Farmers are also protesting the changes proposed in the Electricity Act, APMC and are demanding adequate compensation for farmers who have lost crops due to recent floods.

The farmers have threatened the state government with launching a state-wide bandh on Friday, September 25 in case the contentious bills and amendments are not withdrawn.

Former chief minister Siddaramaiah addressed the media and said that the party is with the farmers and supports their decision for a state-wide bandh.

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Meanwhile the Ola Cab Drivers’ association and lorry drivers’ association members have announced that they fully support the farmers and will not operate on Friday.

The street vendors association has also announced moral support to the farmers but have decided to continue operations as they have already incurred losses due to the COVID-19 lockdown.   

However, restaurant and hotel association members have announced that they will not be supporting the farmers for the bandh as  they too have incurred a huge loss during the lockdown.

Badagal Nagendra the president of one of the farmer’s association has said that the confirmation of the state-wide bandh will be announced on Wednesday (September 22) morning.