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Bharat Bandh: Samyukt Kisan Morcha, the umbrella body of over 40 farm unions spearheading the farmers’ agitation. It has appealed to the people to join the bandh.
Samyukt Kisan Morcha has also asked political parties to “stand with farmers”
Meanwhile Farmer organisations have called a “Bharat Bandh” today as their protest against the new farm laws completes 10 months. The farmers have been pressing for a constitutional guarantee on MSP or the minimum support price. They have alleged that the new laws will allow the private firms to take over the agriculture sector.
Meanwhile the body has also asked political parties to “Stand with farmers. This is in our quest to defend principles of democracy and federalism”.
Sanyukta Kisan Morcha
Also Throughout the duration of the strike, the Sanyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) has called for the closure of government and private offices. Educational and other institutions, shops, industries and commercial establishments. However, government exempted all emergency establishments and essential services, including hospitals, medical stores . They will enforce this in a voluntary and peaceful manner, the SKM has assured.
The strike has garnered support from various political parties. Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi has extended support to the bandh. Leader of Opposition in Bihar Assembly Tejashwi Yadav has announced he will participate in the nationwide strike. The Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu governments, too, have declared complete support to the Bandh. Congress has also said it will be joining the protests on Monday.
Bandh is a form of protest used by political activists in South Asian countries such as India and Nepal. It is similar to a general strike. During this, a political party or a community declare a general strike. For example, a Bharat bandh is a call across India, and a bandh can also be called for an individual state or municipality. Image credits: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:GNC_BANDH-8.jpg