The SKM (Samyukta Kisan Morcha) has called for a ‘Bharat Bandh’ against the Centre’s three contentious farm laws. In order to mark one year of the passage of the Centre’s three farm laws, Bharat Band is called. Bharat Band is supported by many opposition parties including the Congress, BSP, Aam Aadmi Party, Samajwadi Party, Telugu Desam Party, Left parties and Swaraj India. On Sunday, Samyukta Kisan Morcha appealed for a peaceful protest and all Indians to make the bharat band successful. SKM asked political parties to “stand with farmers in their “quest to defend principles of democracy and federalism”.
On Wednesday, farmers protest completed 300 days. Bharat Band starts at 6 a.m and it remain till 4 p.m. During the time public and public transport will not be allowed to pass and no public functions will take place. All the central and state government offices, markets, shops, factories, schools, colleges and other educational institutions will not be allowed to function. Emergency services are allowed. Farmer leader Rakesh Tikait has said, “Ambulances, doctors or those going for an emergency can pass through. We’ve not sealed down anything, we just want to send a message. We appeal to the shopkeepers to keep their shops closed for now and open only after 4pm. No farmer is coming here from outside.”
Congress spokesperson Gourav Vallabh said the Congress party and all its workers will support the “peaceful Bharat Bandh on September 27, called by farmer unions and farmers”. He further added, “We demand that the due process of discussion with the farmers should be initiated because they are sitting on the borders of Delhi for last more than nine months. We demand that these three black laws, which were imposed without any consultation, should be taken back.”
In the supreme court, the Haryana government has filed an affidavit informing the court that farmers who are protesting haven’t met the panel to fix the road block issue. The Haryana Government informed the court that farmers are asked not to block the roads or national highways which will cause difficulty for public.
Key Highlights of ‘Bharat Band’
• Massive traffic jam at Delhi- Gurugram border
• Punjab- Farmers are protesting on the railway tracks at Amritsar’s Devidaspura village
•Left parties protest against farm laws in Andhra Pradesh
• In Bihar’s Hajipur, RJD leaders support farmers by joining the protest
•Delhi: Traffic jam at DND flyway due to road blockade by protesting farmers
•Farmers block highways at many places in Punjab
In the view of Bharat Band called by Farmer unions, Delhi Police has tighten up the security around the border areas of national capital. And alerted about the closed traffic movement from UP towards Ghazipur due to protest.