Farmers’ unions have called for a Bharat Bandh on March 26 to oppose the three farm laws. The day marks the end of four months of anti-legislation demonstrations on Delhi’s outskirts, which began on November 26. The Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM), an umbrella body of farmer unions, has called for a Bharat Bandh on March 26 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., according to news agency PTI. Throughout the nation, all road and rail transportation, markets, and other public places will be closed during this period. Darshan Pal, a farmer chief, said, “We appeal to the people of the country to make this Bharat Bandh a success and honour their ‘Annadata.”
Buta Singh Burjgill, a farmer leader, had previously said, “On March 26, when our four-month-long protest against the three farm laws comes to an end, we will observe a full Bharat bandh. From morning to evening, the peaceful bandh will be in place.”
Farmer leaders have also claimed that copies of the new farm laws will be burned on March 28 during the ‘Holika Dahan.’ Farmers agitating against Central farm laws will not be split, according to Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) president Rakesh Tikait, who said on Tuesday that they would have to go to the national capital and break barricades again ahead of the Bharat Bandh.
“They (the Centre) attempted, but failed, to divide us along caste and religious lines. When asked, you’ll have to travel to Delhi and break barricades once more “Tikait said this while speaking to a crowd in Jaipur. Hitting out at the Central government, he said, “PM Modi said farmers can sell crops anywhere. We will prove it by selling at State Assemblies, Collectors` offices and the Parliament. No mandi can be better than Parliament.”
Farmers have been protesting at Delhi’s various borders since November last year in opposition to three recently enacted farm laws: the Farmers Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020; the Farmers Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020; and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.