New Delhi: The Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) has called for a 12-hour Bharat bandh on Friday from 6 am to 6 pm, and has appealed to the citizens to make it a ‘complete success’. In an official release, the farmers’ organisation said that they should support their ‘Annadatas’.
“On this day, from 6 am to 6 pm, all roads and rail transport, all markets and other public places will be closed across the country. However, this is not necessary for the places where elections are going to be held. We appeal to the people of thr country to make this Bharat bandh a success and honour their Annadata,” read the release.
In a separate statement, SKM had previously confirmed that farmers and others have started to reach in large numbers at Tikri border to support farmers. The farmers’ organisation expressed their gratitude towards young women, for ‘breaking the barriers of gender’ and challenging the government in ‘sharp words’. They also thanked student bodies in the National capital for extending their support to their cause, “Many student organizations from Delhi fulfilled their responsibility and reached out among the farmers and extended their support,” it added.
SKM in its announcement also added that on March 30, the farmers of Narmada Valley will also participate in the Mitti Satyagraha Yatra from Dandi, and the soil of this valley will be taken to the protest sites in Delhi. Farmers and labourers of Narmada Valley will also join this Mitti Satyagraha Yatra.
The SKM condemned the FIR lodged against Rakesh Tikait and slammed the Centre for attacking opposition parties in Bihar.
“An unnecessary FIR has been lodged against the farmer leader Rakesh Tikait in Shivamoga, which we oppose and strongly condemn. SKM condemns the attack on the opposition in the Bihar Legislative Assembly. BJP and allies parties suppress the voice of the opposition and defame them. We oppose and condemn police brutality on elected representatives and the new anti-people law,” it read.
Farmers especially from Punjab, Harayana, and adjoining states have been protesting for the last 4 months against the three central farm laws and demanding a legal guarantee of the MSP. SKM spokesperson has often described the current regime as anti-farmer and anti-worker, while drawing parallels between Britishers it added that the current government is functioning similar to the ‘conspiracy of exploitation of farmers and labourers’.
The ruling YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) led by Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy in Andhra Pradesh has extended his support to the Bharat bandh on March 26. He expressed solidarity to protest against the Centre’s decision to privatise Visakhapatnam Steel Plant (VSP) as well as farmers who have been opposing the three farm laws.