- Title: Regional politicians mark black day against farm bills in New Delhi
- Date: 17th September 2021
- Summary: NEW DELHI, INDIA (SEPTEMBER 17, 2021) (ANI - NO USE INDIA) REGIONAL POLITICAL PARTY AND FORMER ALLY OF INDIA'S RULING BHARATIYA JANATA PARTY, AKALI DAL MEMBERS, CARRYING FLAGS IN RALLY VARIOUS OF POLITICAL LEADERS AND SUPPORTERS WAVING FLAGS DURING RALLY POLICE WALKING WITH PROTESTERS DURING MARCH, AS THEY CHARGE TOWARDS BARRICADES VARIOUS OF PROTESTERS CARRYING PARTY FLAGS SLOGANEERING SECURITY NEAR BARRICADES BLOCKING ROAD POLITICIANS ADDRESSING CROWD (SOUNDBITE) (Punjabi) FORMER INDIA FOOD PROCESSING INDUSTRIES MINISTER, HARSIMRAT KAUR BADAL, SAYING: "I want to tell this government that it's been a year now. The water is going over head now, if you don't withdraw the black laws against the farmers and don't listen to those who are fighting the battle of their rights, then you should know that your countdown has begun. The countdown for your government began last year itself and 2024 (the year for national elections) is not far away either. You won't be able to set foot in Punjab, you will be bidden goodbye from Haryana and should not hold high hopes from Uttar Pradesh either." SUPPORTERS LISTENING AS BADAL SPEAKS SUPPORTERS CLICKING SELFIE SITTING ATOP BARRICADES VARIOUS OF POLITICIANS AND THEIR SUPPORTERS GATHERED
- Embargoed: 1st October 2021 10:15
- Keywords: Akali Dal Hasimrat Kaur Badal India barricade farm laws farmers parliament politics protests
- Location: NEW DELHI, INDIA
- City: NEW DELHI, INDIA
- Country: India
- Topics: Asia / Pacific,Government/Politics
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- Story Text: Members and leaders of Indian breadbasket state Punjab's regional political party, Akali Dal, conducted a 'fury march' to mark one year of the introduction of contentious farm laws in India on Friday (September 17).
Leaders of Shiromani Akali Dal, a former ally of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), planned to take the march from Delhi's Rakib Ganj Sikh shrine up to the parliament house, however they were stopped by Delhi Police and several protesters were detained, and taken to police station.
"The water is going over head now, if you don't withdraw the black laws against the farmers and don't listen to those who are fighting the battle of their rights, then you should know that your countdown has begun," said Harsimrat Kaur Badal, a former minister in the Narendra Modi government.
Modi's government has said that the laws introduced in September last year will unshackle farmers from the obligation of selling produce only at regulated wholesale markets. But the farmers say the bills are designed to benefit private buyers.
Farmers say the laws will make India's traditional wholesale markets are irrelevant and leave them at the mercy of big retailers and food processors have camped out on major highways outside New Delhi for more than two months.
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