The Bharat Bandh (nationwide strike) called by farmers on Tuesday (December 8) in protest against three new farm laws passed by the Centre is set to affect services across various sectors.
As their fifth round of talks with the government ended in a deadlock, thousands of farmers protesting the Centre’s new farm laws stayed put on the borders of Delhi with Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, blocking key routes leading to the national capital that led to long traffic jams.
As farmers call for Bharat bandh on December 8, leaders of multiple parties have said that they would extend their full support to the protests demanding repealing of the three agri-marketing laws. Congress President Sonia Gandhi, DMK chief MK Stalin, NCP head Sharad Pawar, Sitaram Yechury, D Raja and Samajwadi Party head Akhilesh Yadav have said that they would lend “whole-hearted” support to the December 8 bandh.
The farmers are protesting against Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020 and Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020. The farmers claim that these laws end the minimum support price system in the future and will give corporates total control over agriculture sector.
People are supporting the Farmers agitation along with many celebrities:
ANN DAATA 🙏🏾
Ena Rab Roop Bandeya Nu Terrorists Kehna BAND KARO ✊🏽
BHARAT HAI WANG MUNDRI
VICH NAG PUNJAB DA 🙏🏾
— DILJIT DOSANJH (@diljitdosanjh) December 7, 2020
The farmers of the country are fighting for their right over the dictatorial government, but the deaf and dumb government is trying to suppress the voice of the farmer. We will not let this happen. I support the Bharat Bandh by the farmers.#कल_भारत_बंद_रहेगा pic.twitter.com/msfgRk6P1s
— Ramjilal Choudhary (@Ramjilaljat_) December 7, 2020
— Revanth Reddy (@revanth_anumula) December 7, 2020
Trinamool Congress (TMC) stands with agitating farmers but we will not support Bharat bandh in West Bengal. It (bandh) goes against our principles: TMC MP Saugata Roy pic.twitter.com/OhJDPaKU5D
— ANI (@ANI) December 7, 2020
As per reports,a number of bank unions have also expressed solidarity with the protesting farmers. The All India Bank Employees’ Association (AIBEA) issued a statement and said that the government should come forward and resolve the demands of the nation and the farmers. Officer unions All India Bank Officers’ Confederation (AIBOC), All India Bank Officers’ Association (AIBOA) and Indian National Bank Officers’ Congress (INBOC) have also asked the government to resolve the impasse by referring the bills to a committee.
Delhi Taxi Tourist Transporters Association President Sanjay Samrat said in a statement that several unions, including Delhi State Taxi Cooperative Society, and Kaumi Ekta Welfare Association will join the strike on December 8.