As the day draws closer to peace and the peasants say they have succeeded in showcasing their strength, Union Home Minister Amit Shah stepped in to address his leaders, ahead of Wednesday’s sixth round of talks between Union ministers and peasant representatives.
Speaking to reporters at the Singu border, where thousands of farmers have been protesting for the past 12 days, Farmer leader Rudru Singh Mansa said, “There is no way out. We demand a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ from Home Minister Amit Shah. A delegation of 13 leaders will meet Shah.
Swaraj India skipper Yogendra Yadav said that about 10,000 locations nationwide have been shut down in 25 states.
Emergency services were exempted and the banks continued to shut down Pan-India with the support of most opposition parties and trade unions, making its impact in Punjab, Haryana and Delhi, the focal point of the snowstorm protests. Similarly in states like Odisha, Maharashtra, Bihar and Jharkhand.
As security increased nationwide, crowds were screened in some places and the epidemic backfired as numbers increased across Delhi’s borders. Protesters blocked railway tracks in several places in West Bengal, Bihar and Odisha.
The protest was heard and protested at protest centers like Tikri, such as “Kisan Ekta Zindabad”, and social media was rampant worldwide with the hashtag #Aaj_Bharat_Bandh_Hai.
From Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, shops have been opened despite ‘shutdowns’ and clashes have been reported between the Congress and the BJP workers.
In Delhi, where key markets have opened, the ruling party has been in tension with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), alleging that Delhi Police has placed Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal under house arrest till evening. The city police denied the claim but AAP leaders stuck to their stance.
Farmers’ unions have threatened to block the national highways and occupy toll plazas across the country during the ‘Chakka Jam’ protest, which took place from 11 am to 3 pm.
Hannan Molla, general secretary of All India Kisan Sabha, described the shutdown as a demonstration of the strength of the farmers.
“We want to completely repeal the three laws and not accept any cosmetic changes … If our demands are not met, we are ready to take our movement to the next level,” Molla said.
The new laws for protesting busy farmers pave the way for the elimination of minimum support price cushion safety and leave the ‘mandis’ at the mercy of large firms. The government maintains that the new laws will bring better opportunities for farmers and acquire new technologies in agriculture.
Opposition parties are expected to meet Kovind on Wednesday evening to voice their concerns about the three laws.
NCP chief Sharad Pawar told reporters that leaders of various political parties (who oppose agrarian bills) take a collective stand on controversial agrarian laws before meeting President Ram Nath Kovind.
Farmers of Punjab and Haryana are the drivers of the movement against the laws. In both states, shops and commercial establishments were shut down as thousands of fuel pumps. Farmers gathered on the highways and other major roads of both states in the morning.
All the major parties of the Punjab – the ruling Congress Congress, the AAP and the Shiromani Akali Dal – extended support.
More than 50,000 government employees received mass casual leave in support of farmers, said Sukhain Chira, president of the Punjab Civil Secretariat Staff Association.
The neighboring BJP-JJP ruled Haryana, while the opposition Congress and the Indian National Lok Dal extended their support.
Haryana Police have warned Traffic Advisor commuters that the main national highways will be closed and the maximum time of impact will be from 12 noon to 3 pm.
In West Bengal, the ruling Trinamool Congress joined the Congress and the Left and supported the abolition but the implementation was far from over. The response was mixed. Railway rails were blocked in several places and rallies were held on major roads.
The railroads, highways and inner roads were lined with protesters as opposition parties extended their support.
In Jehanabad, the movement of the Patna-Palamu Express was suspended for a few minutes while the bandh supporters, running on rails, were chased by the police.
Farmers’ organizations, trade unions and political party activists held rails in Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Bhadrak and Balasore, which also affected rail services in Odisha.
Elsewhere in the state, during the Biju Janata Dal regime, markets and offices were closed and Congress and left supporters blocked the main road, causing trouble for normal life.
The major cities of the congressional administration were deserted, most business houses were shut down, and public transportation was cut off.
In Maharashtra, where the Shiv Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress coalition extended its support, wholesale markets in major cities such as Pune, Nasik, Nagpur and u Rangabad were closed. Retail stores have rolled down shutters in many cities.
Agricultural Produce Market Committees (APMC) were closed in many parts of the state.
The state government has appealed to the protesters not to disrupt public transport services and that buses and local trains will not be affected.
“… The situation needs to be created to put pressure on the government, and farmers have to take to the streets to achieve this. But no one should resort to violence, ”said Anna Hazare, a social activist who was fasting daytime in his village of Ralegan Siddhi in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra.
Other states have also had mixed reactions.
In Assam, shops pulled down shutters, protesters blocked traffic and demonstrations were held but most offices were operating. Dozens of protesters were detained, officials said.
The ruling TR TRS and opposition parties, including the Congress and various unions, protested throughout Telangana.
In Tamil Nadu, life was largely unaffected by the opposition DMK and its allies, including the Congress, throughout the state.
In the Union Territory of Puducherry, ruled by the Congress, the ‘bandh’ call generated a total response.
In some parts of Karnataka, normal life has been disturbed by farmers and workers hitting the roads. Many state institutions came out in support of Band.
In some states, including Goa, Himachal Pradesh, Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh, life continued unhindered.
The three controversial laws at the center of peasant protest are the Farmers ‘Production Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, the Farmers’ (Empowerment and Protection) Price Assurance and Agricultural Services Act, 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.