Farmer institutions have called a “Bharat Bandh” today as a portion of their long revolt seeking withdrawal of three farm laws that they contend will give strength to private corporations to take over the farming sector.
The Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), a chief body of over 40 farm unions, is authorizing the protest today. The group has announced that they will not permit action on some areas of national highways. In the morning, Delhi-Meerut Expressway was obstructed near the Ghazipur protest site, impacting the traffic coming from Uttar Pradesh.
As per the SKM, “Government, classified bureaus, scholastic and other establishments, stores, businesses and retail associations will be locked across the country.” However, demonstrators have claimed that the protest will be benign.
Farmers have also thwarted the Shambhu border near Haryana. “It is expected the agitating groups may sit on dharna on roads and highways and block them for some time. The national and state highways in Haryana may see some traffic disruptions for several hours,” this was the piece of advice given to people on Sunday to be formulated for traffic crisis.
Navjot Singh Sidhu, State Congress Chief, Punjab implored party workers to encourage the protest by farmers. His tweet demonstrated his support “Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee firmly stands by farmer unions’ demand for Bharat Bandh on September 27, 2021. In the war of right and wrong, you cannot afford to be neutral. We urge every Congress worker to fight with all their might against the three unconstitutional black laws.”
In Uttar Pradesh, Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati said her group will assist and promote a serene “Bharat Bandh”. According to Mayavati, “The farmers of the country do not endorse the three farm laws brought in a hurry by the centre and are sad about it. They have been protesting for the past 10 months in the country and aggressively, especially around Delhi.”
The Congress has ordered all its employees, state unit generals and supervisors of frontal organisations to participate in the Bharat Bandh. Congress general secretary (organisation) KC Venugopal said “Party workers will extend full support to the peaceful Bharat Bandh, We believe in the rights of our farmers and we will stand by them in their fight against the black farm laws.”
Rakesh Tikait, Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader on Sunday asserted, “Farmers are ready to fight for 10 years, but will not enable the “black” legislation to be enforced. It has been 10 months of this agitation. The government must listen with open ears that even if we have to agitate for 10 years we are ready.”
The Delhi Police has deployed additional staff and enlarged patrolling at pickets in border regions of Delhi. Sufficient defense configurations will be made to strengthen law and order in the national capital. No protester will be authorized to enter Delhi from the three protest sites at the city’s borders, As per the appointed officer.
Farmers from several parts of the country, particularly Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana have been disputing along the state border in Delhi since November 2020, urging the abolition of the three farm laws that they worry would do away with Minimum Support Price eventually, leaving them at the pity of big firms.
The centre has refuted the proclamations and requested to modify the laws after wide conversations with agriculturists. The centre says the farm laws are advantageous for farmers as some of the expenditures cut out middlemen, who exploit farmers. But the farmers have stuck to nothing less than the comprehensive withdrawal of the three laws