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Bharat Bandh today till 3 pm

Bharat Bandh today till 3 pm
Farmers raise slogans during their protest in Delhi, Monday.
NEW DELHI, DEC 7 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 12/7/2020 12:14:59 PM IST

CENTRE ASKS STATES TO TIGHTEN SECURITY DURING BANDH

A farmer leader on Monday said that the nationwide strike called on December 8 in the wake of farm laws will be observed from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

It is a symbolic protest to register our opposition. It is to show that we don’t support some of the policies of the Government of India,’ spokesperson, Bharatiya Kisan Union Rakesh Tikait told ANI.

Tikait further said the farmer unions don’t want to cause any trouble to the common man, and all the emergency services and even weddings will go on as usual. “We don’t want to cause problems for common man. Therefore, we will begin at 11 am, so that they could leave for office on time. Work hours in offices will end by 3 pm. Services such as ambulance, even weddings, can go on as usual. People can show their card and leave,” Tikait explained the details of the Bharat Bandh. 

Meanwhile, ‘Delhi Chalo’ protest entered day 12 on Monday with agitating farmers, mainly from Punjab and Haryana, staying put at their protesting sites which include Singhu border (Delhi-Haryana), Ghazipur border (Delhi-UP), Tikri border (Delhi-Haryana) and Burari ground in the national capital. 

Farmers want the government to repeal the three new farm laws which they said will lead to collapse of government-controlled APMC markets, and the inevitable takeover of agriculture sector by big private corporates. Five rounds of meetings between farmer leaders and government have failed to produce any result with another one scheduled for December 9.

Members of farmers’ unions will block national highways and occupy toll plazas, said Harinder Singh Lakhowal, general secretary of Bharatiya Kisan Union.

“Government will have to accept our demands, we want nothing less than withdrawal of new farm laws..,” said farmer leader Balbir Singh Rajewal at a press conference.

The agitating farmers have called ‘Bharat bandh’ on December 8 and threatened to intensify their agitation and block more roads leading to the national capital if the government did not accept their demands.

Major political parties, such as the Congress, Nationalist Congress Party, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, Samajwadi Party, Telangana Rashtra Samithi and the Left, on Sunday came out in strong support of the bandh.

Centre issues advisory 

Centre has asked all states and Union Territories to tighten security during Tuesday’s ‘Bharat Bandh’ called by the farmers’ unions and supported by opposition parties, while asserting that peace and tranquillity must be maintained, officials said.

In a countrywide advisory, the Home Ministry also said the state governments must ensure that the COVID-19 guidelines issued with regard to health and social distancing are strictly followed.

The states were told that peace and tranquillity must be maintained during the ‘Bharat Bandh’ and precautionary measures taken so that no untoward incident takes place anywhere in the country, a home ministry official said on Monday.

Railway fears blockades in 16 states: Anticipating rail blockades in 16 states, the Railways has issued directives for maintaining law and order in trains and station premises

“As part of the bandh, farmers’ unions may organise dharnas, demonstrations, rallies and road and rail blockades in 16 states. Some opposition political parties, left parties and their frontal organisations, central trade unions and transporters have extended their support to the bandh,” Director general, Railway Protection Force (RPF), Arun Kumar said.

 

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