Farmers’ Protest: Bharat Bandh by protesting farmers today

Ajeyo Basu

LAST UPDATED: March 26, 2021, 9:02 a.m.

New Delhi: Today is the 121st day of the farmers’ protest against the agricultural laws of the central government. But there is no solution to this deadlock so far. 

While the farmers are adamant on their demands, the government is not ready to back down. Farmers on the Ghazipur, Tikri and Singhu border crossings linking Delhi to Haryana and Uttar Pradesh have been adamant about demanding the withdrawal of the agricultural laws, although their number has now reduced considerably.

In the midst of all this, the farmers’ organizations sitting on the dharna called for a 12-hour shutdown today on the completion of 4 months of the agitation. This bandh has been announced from 6 am to 6 pm. During the bandh, farmers have also announced the burning of copies of agricultural laws. After this, on March 28, farmers have announced to burn copies of the three agricultural laws on the occasion of Holika Dahan.

Farmer leaders say that after 120 days of protests, the Bharat Bandh will start at 6 am on Friday and then it will remain till 6 in the evening. All shops and dairies will remain closed between 6 am and 6 pm, while there will be no effect on the medical stores and essential services.

What will be closed?

There are plans to disrupt rail and road traffic by farmers during the bandh. Places like shops and dairy will be closed. From 6 am to 6 pm, public spaces will also be closed.

What will be open?

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Farmer leaders say that no company or factory will be shut down. Necessary places like petrol pumps, medical stores and general stores will remain open.

Significantly, since last November 26, a large number of farmers have settled on different borders in Delhi. But till now no agreement has been reached between the farmer and the government on this issue. Till now 12 rounds of talks have been held between the farmers’ government to remove the deadlock on agricultural laws, but no result has been found. 

Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar proposed to postpone the new agricultural laws from one to one and a half years, but farmers are adamant on their demand for minimum support price guarantee and withdrawal of these agricultural laws.

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