Several Congress leaders across the state were detained as they participated in the Bharat Bandh called by farmers across the country to protest the new farm laws.
Congress has extended its support to the farmers in their protest. Leader of Opposition in the Gujarat Assembly Paresh Dhanani, Jamalpur MLA Imran Khedawala, SMC leader of opposition Papan Togadia, corporators Dinesh Khachadia and Mamta Savani were among those who were detained or put under house arrest.
Apart from several other voluntary organizations, the auto-rickshaw federation in Gujarat has also extended its support to the Bharat Bandh called by farmers.
They have also offered to ferry patients for free during the bandh.
The state and AMC have decided that the transport services including BRTS will continue as usual during Bharat Bandh.
Congress on Bharat Bandh
GPCC Gujarat president Amit Chavda said the BJP’s new farm laws were akin to the rules brought by the East India Company and it will destroy farmers in the country.
He said with the new laws farmers will go from being landowners to bonded labourers and it will also affect consumers who will have to shell out more.
He said since the Opposition announced its support for the farmers against the farm laws and backed the Bharat Bandh, leaders across the state who support farmers are being put under pressure to either take back support or prevent them from joining the protest.
The ‘Bharat Bandh’ is called by farmer unions against the Centre’s new farm laws but emergency services have been exempted from the same. Farmers have also appealed to their affiliates to not force anyone to join the shutdown. Protesting farmers will block key roads and occupy toll plazas during their ‘chakka jam’ protest from 11am to 3pm.
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