Bharat Bandh tomorrow: Farmers to begin blockade from 6am-6pm
On Friday (26 March 2021), the Samyukta Kisan Morcha will observe countrywide ‘Bharat Bandh’. The front of protesting farmer unions has appealed to the citizens of the country to make the Bharat Bandh a complete success. The day marks four months of farmers’ protest on the borders of Delhi against the three Central farm laws.
The Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) is an umbrella body of farmer unions. SKM has been spearheading the farmers protest against the 3 farm laws introduced by the Centre. The union has announced that they will be observing Bharat Bandh on 26 March 2021. The blockade will begin at 6 am and end at 6 pm.
During the blockade, all road and rail transport, markets among other public places will be shut across the country.
Earlier, Farmer leader Buta Singh Burjgill said, “We will observe a complete Bharat bandh on March 26, when our protest against the three farm laws completes four months. The peaceful bandh will remain effective from morning till evening.”
On the occasion of Holika Dahan (28 March), the farmers have planned to burn copies of new farm laws.
SKM has made it very clear that the states and union territories where Assembly Elections are going to take place will be exempt from Bharat Bandh.
The farmer unions have appealed to the citizens to make the blockade a complete success. Farmer leader Darshan Pal said, “We appeal to the people of the country to make this Bharat Bandh a success and honour their ‘Annadata’.”
The ruling YSR Congress Party in Andhra Pradesh has extended their support to the Bharat Bandh. The party has decided to protest against the Centre’s decision to privatise the Visakhapatnam Steel Plant (VSP).
According to Andhra Pradesh’s Minister for Transport, Information and Public Relations Perni Venkataramaiah, the state government is against the privatisation of steel plant.
Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy had already sent letters to the Centre and had suggested alternatives to keep the organisation. The Minister urged to the farmers’ associations to cooperate and observe the bandh peacefully.
Participation in the ‘Bharat Bandh’ would be totally optional for the traders.