Bharat Bandh LIVE Updates: Highways around Delhi blocked, train traffic hit as political parties join bandh

Farmers Protest Bharat Bandh LIVE Updates: Protesting farmer groups will observe the Bharat Bandh on Tuesday in a peaceful manner from 11 am till 3 pm. Meanwhile, Left parties and some groups of farmers in states such as Maharashtra, West Bengal, Odisha have blocked trains and highways disrupting traffic movement. The protesting farmers are observing Bharat Bandh today, which has been supported by a host of opposition parties across states, that might end up bringing the nation to a standstill on Tuesday. The farmers called for the Bharat Bandh after several rounds of talks with the Centre failed to bring any results as both the government and the farmers are firm on their stands. The nationwide strike is expected to have a major impact as several political parties and labour unions have extended support to the Bharat Bandh. The Union Home Ministry on Monday issued advisories asking all states/UTs to ensure that law and order is maintained during the Bharat Bandh and destruction of public property is prevented at all costs. The Centre has also asked states to ensure that all Covid guidelines are followed during the bandh. Follow live updates on Bharat Bandh today:

Updated 08th December 2020 | 13:24 IST

Sharad Pawar: 5-6 parties will meet tomorrow, see President Kovind

NCP chief Sharad Pawar says, “Tomorrow, 5-6 people from different political parties are going to sit, discuss and take a collective stand on the next steps on the farm laws. We have a 5 pm appointment with the President. We will present our collective stand before him.”

Railway tracks, highways blocked in Bihar as Opposition joins bandh

Railway tracks, highways and roads across Bihar were teeming with supporters of the Bharat Bandh, which affected normal life in the state on Tuesday with the opposition parties extending support to the protest led by the farmers’ unions against the Centre’s farm laws. Police were deployed in large numbers across the state to ensure that the movement of essential goods and services remained unhindered. RJD supporters and workers of Pappu Yadav’s Jan Adhikar Party fanned out to various parts of Patna, forcing shopkeepers to down their shutters and deflating tyres of vehicles plying on the roads.

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A 32-year-old farmer found dead at Tikri border, may have died of cold

A 32-year-old farmer from Sonipat was found dead at the Tikri Border. He was protesting against the farm laws and was camping for the past few days at the Tikri Border. He was sleeping in the open and on Tuesday morning he was found dead. The police have taken his body for post-mortem examination. It is suspected that the farmer may have died due to cold. He has been identified as Ajay Moor, a resident of Sonipat Guhana. His family members have been informed.

Most shops, offices shut in Punjab in support of Bharat Bandh

Shops and commercial establishments remained shut at many places in Punjab on Tuesday morning in view of a Bharat Bandh called by agitating farmer unions to protest the Centre’s three farm laws. Petroleum dealers in the state closed filling stations to back the call for the nationwide strike. There are over 3,400 fuel pumps in Punjab. In neighbouring BJP-JJP ruled Haryana, opposition parties Congress and Indian National Lok Dal have extended their support to the ‘Bharat Bandh’.

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TRS leaders protest in Telangana in support of Bharat Bandh

In Telangana, TRS leaders K Kavitha, KT Rama Rao are protesting along with party workers in Ranga Reddy in support of the Bharat Bandh called by farmer unions.

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