Farmer unions across the country have called for a “Bharat Bandh” to pass controversial agricultural bills in parliament. The Congress, the Aam Aadmi Party, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, the Trinamool Congress, and Rashtriya Janata Dal are among the 18 opposition parties that support the call for national closure.
Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU), All India Farmers Union (AIFU), All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC) and All India Kisan Mahasangh (AIKM) are among the ten unions that have called for the shutdown.
Those are the state having the strike: Haryana, Punjab, Maharastra, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, West Bengal, Uttarakhand.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said today that the BJP-led NDA government made history with farm laws. Small and marginal farmers would benefit the most from the reforms, the prime minister said. He also criticized the opposition for “misleading” farmers, saying: “Those who lied to farmers are pulling on their shoulders.”
The Punjab-Haryana border has been sealed near Ambala, a key border crossing between the two states. Police barricades have also been set up at the NH-1 toll plaza at Ladowal Toll Plaza in Ludhiana and the police in Chandigarh are on high alert. Groups of farmers have also started demonstrating along the Faridkot-Kotkapura highway.
The three agricultural bills passed by Parliament are Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill; Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance; and Farm Services Bill and The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill.