Bharat Bandh: As Farmers Call for a Countrywide Strike Tomorrow

Bharat Bandh: On the completion of four months of the peasants ‘agitation against the agricultural laws of the Center, the Front of the Farmers’ Unions protest (Farmers Movement) on Friday called for ‘Bharat Bandh’.

Hundreds of farmers have been camping near Delhi’s borders since November last year, as the Center repeals three new agricultural laws. Enforced in September 2020, agricultural laws have been introduced by the Center as major reforms that would remove middlemen and allow farmers to sell their produce anywhere in the country.

On the other hand, the protesting farmers have expressed fears that the new laws will pave the way for abolition of the minimum support price security pad and leave them at the mercy of the farmers, staying away from the “mandi” (wholesale market) system. Large Corporates.

Appealing for support on 26 March, the Bharatiya Kisan Morcha tweeted, “To make Bharat Bandh a success, all the District President, Block President / Tehsil President and top officials must coordinate to ensure that the bandh is successful. be made.” As farmers call for ‘Bharat Bandh’ tomorrow, here is a list of what will be affected by the strike:

What’s will be affected:
On March 26 from 6 am to 6 pm, all road and rail transport, markets and other public places will be closed across the country, a statement issued by SKM said.

What will not affected:
The statement said that the call for ‘Bharat Bandh’ is not necessary for the places where elections are going to be held.

It will be optional for traders to participate in the nationwide ‘Bharat Bandh’ given on March 26 by the farmers unions against all three agricultural laws, as held at the Collectorate and chaired by ADM (city) Shailesh Kumar Singh. on Wednesday.

Mahanagar Vyapar Mandal general secretary Ashok Chawla said that during the ‘Bharat Bandh’, the Sangh will remain neutral. He said that no association would force anyone to close its shops nor to keep it in the open as traders are free to take decisions on their own.

Meanwhile, Bharatiya Kisan Union leader Rakesh Tikait said the farmers’ agitation would continue till the Center withdraws the agricultural laws and provides legal guarantees on the MSP. Referring to the cases registered against many farmers after the events in Delhi on 26 January, Tikait said, “Farmers are not afraid of cases. This movement will continue until the Center withdraws these laws and until a law is given a legal guarantee on the MSP. “

“This movement will last from November to December,” he said.

This is the second call by farmers to Band Bharat Bandh after a nationwide strike on Desimber 8, which was seen in Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Assam. The previous bandh call received support among several trade unions and political parties, including the Congress and the NCP.

This time too, the call for ‘Bharat Bandh’ is getting the support of the opposition political parties. Congress MP Digvijay Singh tweeted in support of the protesting farmers, “We support the Bharat Bandh call against the anti-farmer bill on March 3.” The CPI (M) in Andhra Pradesh also extended its support to the farmers for the nationwide strike.