Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa and Revenue Minister R Ashoka on Sunday told reporters that the proposed bandh was unlawful, and people should go about their activities as usual. "There is no bandh tomorrow," and the Supreme Court is very clear about bandhs. The government, hence, cannot allow it, Yediyurappa said.
The CM said he has already discussed the subject of amendments to APMC Act with farmer groups, and made it clear to them that it was PM Narendra Modi's desire to open up markets for agriculture produce so that they can sell them anywhere they want without restrictions imposed by laws. The idea is to expand their market, and help them realise better prices for their product. They should understand this, and drop the proposed bandh, he said.
Any effort by protestors to forcibly close down shops and disrupt public movements will be met with stiff resistance and stern action by the police, Ashoka said.
The farmer outfits and other pro Kannada organisations have called for a bandh to protest the amendments to the APMC and Land Reforms laws.
Government offices, hospitals, shops, and private establishments will be open, and public transport, and taxis will ply as usual, Ashoka said.
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