Protesting farmers at the Singh border in New Delhi. (Express File/Amit Mehra)
The Samyukta Kisan Morcha, a farmers’ union front, announced a Bharat Bandh earlier this month to be witnessed on March 26 across the country. The strike will be observed tomorrow from morning till evening tomorrow in protest against the three farm laws and to also mark the fourth month of the ongoing farmers’ protests.
The farmers’ agitation across the country is nearing the fourth month. Thousands of protesting farmers from Punjab, Haryana, UP and several other states have been demanding for the farm laws to be repealed and for a legal guarantee for Minimum Support Price.
‘Make Bharat Bandh a success’
The Samyukta Kisan Morcha appealed to the citizens to make March 26 a success.
Farmer leader Buta Singh Burjgill said they will observe the Bandh on a day when the farmers’ protest will reach the fourth month on March 26. “The peaceful bandh will remain effective from morning till evening,” Burjgill said.
“In order to make the Bharat Bandh successful, all District President, the Block President / Tehsil President and top officials should coordinate to ensure that the bandh is made successful,” the Bhartiya Kisan Morcha said in Tweet.
In a meeting held earlier this month to outline their protest plans, the unions also said the rallies and protests against the corporates will intensify.
No road or rail traffic movement
During the strike, from 6 am to 6 pm, all business establishments will be closed and no road and rail traffic will be allowed to ply, the farmers’ unions announced.
On March 28, copies of the farm laws will be burnt by the farmers, the union leaders said.
Support pours in
Congress MP Digvijaya Singh tweeted in support of the protesting farmers. “We support the call for Bharat Bandh on 26th March against the three Anti-Farmers Bill,” Singh said.
CPI(M) Andhra Pradesh also poured in support for the country-wide strike.
This is the second nation-wide strike announced by the farmers’ unions. The first ‘bandh’ took place on December 8 which was witnessed in Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Assam and received support from trade unions, various other organisations as well as 24 opposition parties, including the Congress and the NCP.