Hyderabad: The students of the University of Hyderabad (UoH) organized a one-day hunger strike on 8 February in support of the ongoing farmers' protest.
The hunger strike was organized by the Students Federation of India (SFI) at the varsity's main gate.
Ayushya Singh, the secretary of the university's SFI unit, said, "The farm Bills have been passed in the Parliament in a completely autocratic manner. No recommendations, no suggestions, and no deliberations were made with the farmers regarding the laws and their implications. We have seen farmers come out on the roads to protest against the farm Bills. These Bills, in the guise of development and reform, are making way for key private and corporate players to enter the market."
He also added that the government has not have given any commitment nor looked into the policies to implement MSP.
The president of UoH students' union, Abhishek Nandan, said the state machinery, including the police and media, are being used to malign the movement of the farmers in which over 150 farmers have lost their lives. "The media are terming them as separatists, Khalistanis, and what not. This is the way BJP functions in the country," he said.
Farmers in the country are protesting against the three farm Bills passed in the Parliament during the monsoon session. The farmers' front has called for a total repeal of all the three Bills - the Farmers' Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act 2020, and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act 2020.