Updated 25 September 2020 | 16:21 IST
Over two dozens farmers’ organizations from all across the country, supported by 18 political parties including the Congress, fancy the streets on Friday protesting the farm bills gone by Parliament. Punjab and Haryana are going to be the epicentre of the protests, though the demand for legal guarantee of minimum support prices (MSP) has garnered supports from all farmers organisations, including those affiliated to the RSS. Normal life is probably going to disrupted as rail, road movement are going to be hit.
All India Farmers Union (AIFU), Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU), All India Kisan Mahasangh (AIKM), and every one India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC) announced a nationwide bandh. Farmers’ bodies from Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra have also involved a shutdown.
RSS-affiliated farmers’ organizations like Bhartiya Kisan Sangh, Swadeshi Jagran Manch also are demanding an amendment to the legislation but they won’t be participating within the protest today.
Ten central trade unions, including All India union Congress, National Trades Union Congress, Centre of Indian Trade Unions, Hind Mazdoor Sabha, All India United union Centre and union Coordination Centre have also extended their support.
Which political parties are supporting the Bharat Bandh?
Congress on Thursday extended support to the decision of the Bharat Bandh. a complete of 18 parties, including AAP, Congress, the Left parties, NCP, DMK, SP, Trinamool Congress, RJD, urged the President to not sign the bills.
Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh has urged the farmers to take care of law and order and to stick to Covid-19 safety protocols. No FIR is going to be registered for the violation of Section 144 during the protest, the CM has said.
Train services to be affected
Fourteen special passenger trains running from the railways’ Ferozepur division are canceled from September 24 to 26 insight of the farmer outfits’ three-day rail roko protest. The trains that were suspended include Golden Temple Mail (Amritsar-Mumbai Central), Jan Shatabdi Express (Haridwar-Amritsar), New Delhi-Jammu Tawi, Sachkhand Express (Nanded-Amritsar), and Shaheed Express (Amritsar-Jaynagar).
The farmer’s organizations have decided to travel for an indefinite rail blockage from October 1.
Delhi-Haryana border likely to be sealed
Delhi-Haryana border is probably going to be sealed as protesters can march towards the capital city. Delhi Police is on high alert.
3-hour chakka jam across Punjab
The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) will observe a three-hour chakka jam (road blockade) across Punjab from 11 am to 2 pm altogether constituencies.
On September 20, the Rajya Sabha passed the Farmers` Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020, and therefore the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill amid protest from Opposition parties.