Several political parties such Congress, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and various transport unions have extended their support to ‘Bharat Bandh’ scheduled on Tuesday, 8 December, which may be a call made by farmers protesting the contentious farm laws.
On Sunday, Congress party’s spokesperson Pawan Khera said that the party has decided to support the decision , adding that they’re going to be demonstrating at their party offices.
“It are going to be a step strengthening Rahul Gandhi’s support to the farmers. we’ll make sure that the demonstration is successful,” Khera was quoted.
Party spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala had tweeted, “Pick your pen, apologise to ”anndata” and annul the black laws immediately.”
Meanwhile, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted that AAP completely supports farmers on their decision to involve a ‘Bharat bandh.’ He further said that AAP’s workers will peacefully support the farmers.
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) December 6, 2020
RJD, TMC, Left Parties Support involve ‘Bharat Bandh’
The Rashtriya Janata Dal, Trinamool Congress and therefore the Left parties have also extended their support to the nationwide strike.
TMC MP Sudip Bandopadhyay said that his party would seek immediate withdrawal of the farm laws during its protests within the West Bengal .
“Our leader CM Mamata Banerjee has pledged wholehearted support to the movement of farmers. We demand immediate withdrawal of the farm laws,” he said
In a joint statement, parties like Communist Party of India (Marxist), Communist Party of India, Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist), Revolutionary Socialist Party and every one India Forward Bloc announced their support to the continued farmers’ protest and therefore the involve a ‘Bharat bandh.’
Meanwhile, Telangana CM and TRS leader K Chandrashekar Rao has also extended his party’s support to the ‘Bharat Bandh,’
Actor Kamal Haasan’s Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) has also announced support to the protests and a 10-member team of party members left for Delhi on Sunday.
Unions, Associations begin in Support of Farmers
Indian Tourist Transporters Association (ITTA) and Delhi Goods Transport Association (DGTA) have involved strike on Tuesday in solidarity with farmers’ protest in Delhi.
“51 unions decided to support farmers. Farming and transporting are like two sons of a father,” Satish Sherawat, president of ITTA
Meanwhile, Parmeet Singh Goldie, president DGTA, said,“We are supporting our farmer brothers. they’re the roots of our business.”
Earlier, the Bharatiya Kisan Union activists had held protests at several places in Haryana and burned the effigies of the Union government.
As the deadlock over the laws continues, protesting farmers and therefore the Centre are scheduled to satisfy for the sixth round of talks on Wednesday, 9 December. Talks were also persisted Saturday, but were inconclusive.
After Saturday’s meeting, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said the govt has assured the farmers that procurement at minimum support price (MSP) will continue, and mandis are going to be strengthened.