farmers, fomenting for almost two weeks against the three farm laws ordered by the Center recently, have required a nation wide strike on Tuesday. The overall strike from 11am till 3pm will be backed by several political parties and a joint platform of 10 central trade unions.
The Congress, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Trinamool Congress (TMC), Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Shiv Sena, Left gatherings, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), Samajwadi Party, Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) and Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) have stretched out their help to the call. Several cab and taxi unions are also supporting the Bharat Bandh due to which travelling across the states is likely to be disrupted.
The Ministry of home affairs (MHA) has asked all states and Union regions to enforce Covid-19 health and safety protocols carefully and make satisfactory security arrangements during the nation wide closure strike called by farmers’ gatherings, demanding the repeal of three laws that seek to liberalize agricultural markets.
Thousand of farmers have gathered on Delhi’s border since November 26 to protest against the three contentious laws. Because of the showings, seven borders of the national capital are totally closed. They are protesting the three legislation — The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce Act, 2020, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act 2020.
Delhi: While the decision Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government led by chief minister Arvind Kejriwal is good to go to lend its support to the Bharat Bandh call and peaceful protest against three contentious laws, the Delhi Police on Monday said that they will take a strict legal move against people who might attempt to disturb the movement of traffic or peoples or powerfully close shops. Almost 4,000 traffic and a great many security staff will be conveyed on the borders and the city roads to direct the traffic and maintain a strategic distance from any untoward incidents.
Punjab: Farmers who have been protesting for the past 13 days are mainly from the northern states of Punjab and Haryana. Punjab is therefore likely to witness a major impact of the strike. All political parties, traders’ bodies, truck unions and mandi associations have extended support to the call. The Sikh Gurudwara Prabhandak Committee (SGPC), the highest religious body of Sikhs, on Tuesday said the strike will be complete.
Haryana: In Haryana, five legislators of deputy chief minister Dushyant Chautala-led Jannayak Janata Party (JJP) have extended support to the protest. All major markets in the state are expected to remain closed with farmers’ bodies planning blockades along major highways. Haryana’s additional director general of police (law and order) Navdeep Singh Virk said the public may have to face traffic blockages while travelling on various roads and highways of the state on Tuesday.
Uttar Pradesh: Thousands of protesters from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)- managed UP have marched to the Capital. opposition parties, including the Congress, Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party have supported the Bharat Bandh. The general strike is probably going to have a major impact in western UP where the Bhartiya Kisan Union has impact. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has asked officials not to compromise with peace and order at any cost and make all required steps for ensuring that peoples don’t face any problem because of the proposed ‘Bharat Bandh’ on Tuesday.
West Bengal: The decision Trinamool Congress (TMC) in West Bengal has chosen to expand “moral support” to the nationwide strike called by farmers. The gathering, in solidarity, will arrange protests in different parts of the state for the following three days. Senior TMC leader and lawmaker Saugata Roy said the party will not enforce the strike called by the farmers as it is against “bandh culture”.
Maharashtra: The ruling alliance of the Shiv Sena, Congress, and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) have supported the Bharat Bandh. Workplaces in major cities like Mumbai and Pune may keep on working however highways in rural areas of Marathwada and Vibadhra could be blocked.
Bihar: Opposition Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), Congress and Left parties have supported the Call the bandh in Bihar, which is managed by an alliance of the BJP, Janata Dal(United) or JD(U) and other small parties. Tejashwi Yadav-led RJD has announced protests across the state due to which the police fear major blockades.