Bharat Bandh: Rahul Gandhi hails farmers protest as non-violent satyagraha

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The United Kisan Morcha (SKM), a coalition of farmer unions, has called for a Bharat Bandh today to mark the first anniversary of the enactment of three agricultural laws.

New Delhi: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Monday extended his support to the Bharat Bandh called by farmers to protest three agriculture laws passed by the Center last year as he termed the agrarian unrest as a “non-violent satyagraha”.

“Farmers’ non-violent satyagraha continues even today. But exploitative government doesn’t like it. That’s why India is closed today,” he tweeted, “I stand with farmers.”

The United Kisan Morcha (SKM), a coalition of farmer unions, has called for a Bharat Bandh today to mark the first anniversary of the enactment of three agricultural laws.

SKM has said that there will be a nationwide strike from 6 am to 4 pm today, during which all government and private offices, educational and other institutions, shops, industries and business establishments will remain closed and public programs and programs will not be completed. country, SKM said.

However, the exemption from the shutdown includes all emergency establishments and essential services including hospitals, medical stores, relief and rescue operations and those involved in personal emergencies.

Bharat Bandh has received the support of more than 500 farmer organisations, 15 trade unions, political parties, six state governments and various sections of the society.

The state governments of Tamil Nadu, Chhattisgarh, Kerala, Punjab, Jharkhand and Andhra Pradesh have extended their support to the protest against Bharat Bandh.

Farmers have been protesting at various sites since November 26 last year against three enacted agricultural laws: the Farmers Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020; Farmers Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Agricultural Services Act 2020 and Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.

Farmer leaders and the Center have held several rounds of talks but the impasse remains.

First published:September 27, 2021, 2:23 pm

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