‘I stand with farmers’: Rahul Gandhi lends support to Bharat Bandh

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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Monday extended his support to the Bharat Bandh called by protesting farmers against three agriculture laws passed by the Center last year and said the farmers’ non-violent satyagraha continues even today.

New Delhi: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Monday extended his support to the Bharat Bandh called by protesting farmers against three agricultural laws passed by the Center last year and said the farmers’ non-violent satyagraha continues even today.


“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.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.
SKM has said that there will be a nationwide strike from 6 am to 4 pm today.


During this period, all government and private offices, educational and other institutions, shops, industries and commercial establishments will remain closed and there will be no public events and functions across the country, the 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, 11:17 am

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