Farmers’ unions call for Bharat Bandh today

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Commercial establishments and industries are likely to be affected as the Samyukta 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: Commercial establishments and industries are likely to be affected as the Samyukta 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. SKM said that during this period, all government and private offices, educational and other institutions, shops, industries and commercial establishments as well as public events and events will remain closed across the country. 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.


The SKM has assured that the bandh will be implemented in a voluntary and peaceful manner.


“It was on September 27 that the President Shri Ram Nath Kovind approved and implemented 3 anti-farmer black laws last year. Tomorrow, a total Bharat Bandh will be observed across the country from 6 am to 4 pm,” SKM A said in an official statement.


In view of the protests, the SKM has issued detailed guidelines and called for complete peace during the bandh. It also appealed to all citizens of the country to join the bandh today.


Speaking to ANI, SKM leader Rakesh Tikait said, “Roads will be closed, but if anyone wants to go to the doctor’s clinic, he can go. Ambulances, vegetable and milk vehicles will run. Apart from this, everything Will remain closed. All traders and shopkeepers should support the bandh. We will not go inside Delhi during the bandh. Where there are toll blocks, they will be closed. This is the movement of common people. People take a day off and go home. Leave only after 4 o’clock.”


Meanwhile, the Bharat Bandh received the support of over 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.


Till now, Left parties like Communist Party of India (Marxist), Communist Party of India, All India Forward Bloc, Revolutionary Socialist Party and many other parties like Indian National Congress, Aam Aadmi Party, Samajwadi Party, Telugu Desam Party, Janata Dal. (Secular), Bahujan Samaj Party, Nationalist Congress Party, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, SAD-United, Yuvajan Shramik Rythu Congress Party, Jharkhand Mukti Morcha, Rashtriya Janata Dal, Swaraj India and others have extended their support to the Bharat Bandh.


In addition, the Central Trade Unions will organize a protest rally at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi at 11 am on Monday. Several bar associations and local units of the All India Lawyers Union have lent their support.


The Kisan Mahapanchayat was organized in Panipat on Sunday, just a day before the Bharat Bandh. Apart from such torch processions in Gurgaon, Palwal and Patna, there was also ‘Mashal procession’ in Jaipur on Saturday. Bike rally was organized in Mysore.


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, 9:29 am

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