Bharat Bandh, Farmers Protest Live News Updates: Throughout the duration of the strike, the SKM has called for the closure of government and private offices, educational and other institutions, shops, industries and commercial establishments.
Bharat Bandh Live News Updates: To mark one year since they were passed, farmer organisations have called a “Bharat Bandh” today against the three contentious farm laws. The bandh began at 6 am and will continue till 4 pm today.
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, all emergency establishments and essential services, including hospitals, medical stores, relief and rescue work and people attending to personal emergencies, will be exempted. The bandh will be enforced in a voluntary and peaceful manner, the SKM has assured.
The strike has garnered support from various political parties. While 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.
Bharat Bandh Today Live Updates: Farmers protests against three farm laws; strike from 6 am to 4 pm; Delhi-UP traffic affected; Congress, SAD, SP, BSP, TMC, AAP, YSRCP and Left parties extend support; Follow latest updates here
Responding to the Bharat Bandh call on Monday, protesting farmers in Haryana have blocked several highways and rail tracks. The highways currently blocked are: Patiala National Highway near Jind and Chandigarh-Hisar National Highway. Several roads have also been blocked in the Fatehabad district.
Delhi-Amritsar National Highway on Monday was blocked at Shahabad in Haryana’s Kurukshetra by protesting farmers, agitating against farm laws, ANI reports.
Responding to the Bharat Bhandh call on Monday, farmer have begun protesting at the Barnala railway station in Punjab early morning today. Rail tracks and highways will be major areas for the protests throughout the day.
In view of the Bharat bandh call by protesting farmers on Monday, the Shambhu border (Punjab-Haryana border) has been blocked till 4 pm,’ a farmer told ANI.
Bharatiya Kisan Union leader Rakesh Tikait on Sunday said farmers protesting against the central farm laws for the last 10 months are ready to agitate for 10 years, but will not allow the black legislations to be implemented. He was speaking at a mahapanchayat held by farmers in Panipat on Sunday before the bandh. Several senior farmer leaders, including Tikait and Gurnam Singh Chaduni, addressed the mahapanchayat.
The SKM said although all political parties have been asked to support Monday’s strike, none of them, or their representatives, will be given space on the farmers’ stage. They can set up their own stages in support of the farmers.
Farmers protests at railway tracks in Barnala
The Congress, SAD, SP, BSP, TMC, AAP, YSRCP and Left parties announced that they would support the bandh, with some of these parties asking their workers to join the strike.
The traffic movement has been closed from Uttar Pradesh towards Ghazipur due to protest
The Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM), an umbrella body of more than 40 farmer unions, which is spearheading the protests, said in a statement, “It was on September 27, 2020 that President Shri Ram Nath Kovind assented to and brought into force the three anti-farmer black laws last year. There will be a total Bharat Bandh observed around the country from 6 am to 4 pm.”
Bharat bandh: Bank officers’ union extends support
The All India Bank Officers’ Confederation has extended its support to the bandh on Monday. It has requested the government to have a dialogue with the farmers on their demands and rescind the three laws at the centre of the standoff. The confederation said that its affiliates and state units will join in solidarity with the protest actions of the farmers all over the country on Monday.
Kerala: Ruling LDF calls for bandh on September 27
Kerala’s ruling LDF has also called for a state-wide hartal on September 27 to express solidarity with the farmers. This call was announced by LDF convenor and CPI(M) acting secretary A Vijayaraghavan after the meeting of the leaders of the ruling party alliance in Thiruvananthapuram.
Speaking to the media, Vijayaraghavan said five lakh people will participate in the protest. He claimed that over 100 organisations, including motor transport workers, bank employees and farmers’ groups, have extended their support to the LDF agitation.
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