The farm bills which have been described by Prime Minister Narender Modi as a “watershed moment” for Indian farmers continue to enrage opposition parties resulting in protests, sit-ins, arrests across the country. Three significant far bills have been approved and passed by both upper and lower houses of Parliament and the bills have also been approved by President Ram Nath Kovind.

What are the three farm bills?

1: Farmers Produce Trade and Commerce Bill

2: Farmers Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill

3: Essential Commodities Bill

On Monday, protests occurred across India sternly opposing the bills. The opposition parties argued that these bills will weaken Indian farmers. Protests occurred in states of Telangana, Punjab and Haryana where several farmer organizations and opposition parties assembled and protested. Police were deployed to contain the protests and later arrested several protesters. Congress was one of most vocal opposers to the passed bills. The NDA government’s ally Shiromani Akali Dal Party has pulled out and joined with the opposition parties protesting the bills.