Congress calls farmers meet today to protest irrigation Bill
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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.