Congress calls farmers meet today to protest irrigation Bill

Gujarat Congress will organise a convention of farmers in Gandhinagar Monday to protest the latest Gujarat Irrigation and Drainage Bill that was passed by the ruling BJP government in the Assembly recently, said a press release from the party Sunday.

The convention is going to be attended by almost all the senior party leaders from Gujarat, the release added. Gujarat Governor Kamla Beniwal has cleared the Bill that was passed by the Assembly.

Calling the Act "anti-farmer", Congress has stated that under the provisions of the law, farmers would be required to get a license first to dig a bore well or tube well in their farms and would be required to pay the license fees also. Under the Act, the release added, if somebody violated the provisions, the person could be imprisoned for six months. The convention has been organised at Pathikashram in Gandhinagar on Monday, 10 am, and farmers from different areas of the state are going to visit it, the release by Congress spokesperson Manish Doshi said.

Almost all the senior Gujarat Congress leaders are going to address the convention, the release added. The list of leaders include Gujarat Congress chief Arjun Modhwadia, leader of Opposition in the Assembly Shankarsinh Vaghela, Gujarat in-charge Mohan Prakash, Shaktisinh Gohil, Siddharth Patel and Union Ministers Dinsha Patel, Bharatsinh Solanki and Tushar Chaudhary.

Meanwhile, the state police received an alert from the CIB about an alleged threat of a possible bomb blast during the Congress rally in Gandhinagar against the irrigation Bill. Five SPs and 50 DSPs were given special duty to ensure security. The security arrangement includes ó 50 police inspectors, 150 sub-inspectors, 40 women sub-inspectors, 800 constables and head constables, 100 women constables and 100 traffic policemen.

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