The farmers have completed four months while demonstrating against the three agricultural laws brought by the Modi government.
On this occasion, farmers organizations have called for a Bharat Bandh on Friday.
The bandh has been appealed by the Samyukta Kisan Morcha which is a joint committee of farmers of about forty farmer organizations of Punjab and many more farmer organizations of other states.
On 26 November 2020, farmers from the neighbouring states of Delhi started opposing the agricultural laws brought by the central government on Delhi’s borders and demanded the government to repeal these laws.
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At the same time, the demand of farmer organizations is that the government should continue to purchase crops at minimum support price i.e. MSP and legal provisions related to it should be implemented.
Darshan Pal Singh of United Kisan Morcha said that farmers have been sitting on a dharna in Delhi for the last four months, but instead of fulfilling the demand of farmers, the government is trying to discredit their movement.
He appealed that “To make this shutdown, the peasant companions and other supporters appeal to the people in a peaceful manner and urge the people to close shops.”
He said that farmers are calling for a Bharat Bandh to pressurize the government, its purpose is not to disturb the people.
He said, “Do not create any obstacle for ambulance and emergency services. Those who are going to celebrate Hola-Mohalla in Anantapur, Punjab, should not be stopped.”
All India Kisan Sabha leader Krishna Prasad has said that the farmers’ movement has been going on for 112 days and this is a big achievement in itself, this movement will only intensify in the coming time.
He said that states, districts during Bharat Bandh. Protests will be organized at tehsils and village levels.
It is believed that due to this, traffic on the rail and roadways may be affected for 12 hours i.e. from 6 in the morning to 6 in the evening.
According to the Federation of Indian Trade Unions CITU, 10 central trade unions are supporting this Bharat bandh.
In a statement issued by CITU, the government has demanded the withdrawal of all three agricultural laws as well as the withdrawal of four labor codes.
The Congress has decided to support the Bharat Bandh called by the farmers.
Congress party spokesman Randeep Singh Surjewala said that “the Congress party supports the peaceful and Gandhian Bharat Bandh proposed on 26 March”.