Farmers who are protesting for nearly two weeks against the three farm laws which were enacted by the Centre earlier this year. They have announced for a nationwide strike on Tuesday, 8th December.
The general strike will be from 11am till 3pm. It will be backed by several political parties along with a joint platform of 10 central trade unions.
Various parties such as The Congress, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Shiv Sena, Samajwadi Party, and many others have extended their support to their calls for the strike.
Many cab and taxi drivers are also supporting the Bharat Bandh due to which transporting across the states will be disrupted.
The ministry of home affairs (MHA) have said to all states and Union territories to enforce Covid-19 health and safety protocols strictly and make proper security arrangements today during the Bharat bandh strike called by farmers’ groups, demanding the repeal of three laws that seek to remove the restrictions on agricultural markets.
Thousands of farmers from around the nation have gathered on Delhi’s borders. They have been there since November 26 to protest against the three laws. Due to the demonstrations, seven borders of the national capital are made shut.
They are protesting the three laws enacted by Government—The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Act, the Farmers Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, and the Essential Commodities Act.
The farmers asked the people to join and support them for their Bharat Bandh, farmer leaders said that they will block the key roads during their ‘chakka jam’ protest. That will remain shut from 11AM to 3PM as a part of their strike, which has brought people from different northern states like Punjab , Uttar Pradesh and Haryana. They all have gather in the capital Delhi since the past 12 days.
One of the farmer leaders – Rakesh Tikant said that their bandh is a lot different than that from the political parties. They want that there should be no problem for the common peoples.
They have asked the common people to not to travel during the time of Bharat Bandh. They have also urged and asked the shopkeepers to shut their shops during the Bharat Bandh time.
Advisory was given by the Union Home Ministry on 7th Dec to all the states and Union Territories regarding the Bharat Bandh. In that the MHA has asked the government of all the states and Union Territories to make sure that the law and order is maintained during the Bharat Bandh.
Here’s what will remain open today:-
All India Bank Officers Confederation and All India Bank Employees Association will remain open. Banking services will remain unaffected from Bharat Bandh. The All India Transporters Welfare Association are not supporting the Bandh. They issued a statement saying that the traders won’t participate in the Bharat Bandh.
Also, the buses and the metros in Delhi will operate as usual. Markets in other parts of the country as well in Delhi will continue to operate. Wedding programs will be allowed as farmers said that the wedding functions will face no issue because of Bharat Bandh.
Here’s what will remain closed today:-
Transport and truck unions in Punjab and Haryana will not be under operational. Milk and vegetable supply will be affected during the Bandh. Mandis and markets in Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan and nearby states will be closed. Some of the Delhi’s mandi will also remain close. Hotels and restaurants in Punjab has announced to shut all hotels and bars in that state. Also the Uber and OLA will not operate in Delhi today.