Apart from the Congress, several political parties, mostly from the Opposition, have extended their support to the ‘Bharat Bandh’ call of farmers protesting against the contentious farm laws recently enacted by the Centre. Notably, the protesting farmers have called for a nationwide strike on Tuesday against the farm laws.
The political parties that have extended their support include the Shiv Sena, RJD, AAP, NCP, TRS, DMK, Samajwadi Party and the Left Front. The Congress had on Sunday clarified that it will whole-heartedly support the strike.
AAP chief and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has said that all party workers across the country will support the strike. He has also requested people to support the farmers’ movement.
Interestingly, the nationwide strike has been called to increase the pressure on the Centre which is not ready to repeal the farm laws—one of the primary demands of the farmers.
Support from southern parties
The M K Stalin-led grouping appealed to farmers’ unions, traders’ bodies, government employees’ associations, labour unions and others in the state to extend “grand support” to the bandh and make it a success on Tuesday.
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Actor Kamal Haasan’s Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) also extended support to the bandh, with the party founder urging the Centre to heed to farmers’ demands. A delegation of MNM functionaries met the protesting farmers near Delhi and assured support to them, Haasan said.
Symbolic Bharat Bandh
The Bharat Bandh called on Tuesday will be a symbolic one and will be observed between 11 am and 3 pm. Bharatiya Kisan Union spokesperson Rakesh Tikait said that the protest will begin at 11 am so people can reach their office on time. Emergency services and weddings will be allowed, he added.
During the protest, the members of the farmers’ unions are likely to block national highways and toll plazas. Supply of goods might be affected as several transport unions have also extended their support to the farmers’ agitation.
Akhilesh Yadav detained
Lucknow Police has detained Akhilesh Yadav as he sat on a dharna outside his residence in Lucknow when the police stopped him from marching on to Kannauj to join the farmers’ protest. Akhilesh Yadav has been sent to Eco Garden where he will be kept in custody.
Akhilesh Yadav said the police can put the Samajwadi Party workers in jail but they will continue the march.
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