New Delhi / Kolkata: Several opposition parties on Saturday announced their support for the ‘Bharat Bandh’, which was called by the Farmers’ Union on December 8 to protest against the new agri-market laws, and held protests in various parts of the country. Kept at the Delhi border for 10 days.
“This is going to be Bharat Bandh on December 8 after the fifth round of talks between the farmers and the central government failed to break the logjam,” All India Kisan Federation President Prem Singh Bhangu said on Saturday evening.
DMK leader MK Stalin protested in Tamil Nadu when the RJD, the Trinamool Congress and the Left parties declared their support for a nationwide strike, not a joint platform of the ten central labor unions.
Congress asked the prime minister not to test farmers’ patience.
“Pick your pen, apologize to ‘Ananda’ and immediately abolish black laws,” party spokesperson Ranieep Singh Surjewala tweeted via the Dec. 8 Bharat Bandh hashtag.
The West Bengal governor also said the TMC had decided to extend its “moral support” to the December 8 nationwide strike and would hold rallies in different areas for three days.
TMC MP Sudeep Bandopadhyay said during his party’s protests in Bengal, the agrarian laws would be immediately withdrawn and the new bills would be sent to the Standing Committee or Select Committee of Parliament after proper discussion with all stakeholders.
“Our leader, CM Mamata Banerjee, has pledged wholehearted support to the farmers’ movement. We demand the immediate repeal of the agricultural laws,” he said in Kolkata.
This was announced in a joint statement by the Communist Party of India (Marxist), Communist Party of India, Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist), Revolutionary Socialist Party and All India Forward Bloc.
“The Left parties unite and support the massive movement of Kisan organizations across the country against the new agrarian laws. The Left parties extend their support for the Bharat Bandh’s call on December 8,” the statement said.
DMK President MK Stalin and senior party leaders demanded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi hold talks with protesting farmers in different parts of Tamil Nadu.
Opposition leader Stalin staged a demonstration in Salem in the Tamil Nadu assembly.
The DMK chief questioned the “haste” in approving laws during the COVID-19 epidemic and asked whether legislation would allow farm loan waivers, fertilizer subsidies and minimum employment guarantees for farm workers.
“None of this. That’s why farmers are opposed to these and so are we,” he said.
“The protests should continue until the three ordinances are withdrawn. The prime minister should invite the farmers and have a dialogue with them,” he said.
The BJP should immediately call parliament and repeal the laws. “Until then, the DMK will stand with this protest,” Stalin said.
In Patna, the opposition parties led by RJD’s Tejashwi Yadav were given the opportunity to stage a brief protest against the new agrarian laws at the statue of Mahatma Gandhi at the Gandhi Maidan, where he vowed to support agitated farmers.
“I am standing with Andata (food provider) in the fight against Dhandata (people with wealth).
Tejashwi tweeted: “It is a crime to support farmers by demanding minimum support price (MSP) in the newly enacted laws. If it is a crime, we will commit such a crime every time.”
The Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist Liberation) has said that it has organized “road blockades” throughout Bihar during the day in protest against agrarian laws.
Congress and Jammu and Kashmir unit protested in Jammu.
Indian Kisan Union workers staged demonstrations in many places in Haryana and burned down the central government statues.
Joint Forum of Trade Unions Supported by Farmers Riots Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC), All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC), Hind Mazdoor Sabha (HMS), Indian Trade Unions Center (CITU), All India Union Center And the Trade Union Co-ordination Center (TUCC).
Several former Punjab athletes, including Padma Shri and Arjuna Award recipients, went to Delhi to return their awards to President Ram Nath Kovind in support of the peasant protest.
“If we do not schedule time to meet the president, we will place our awards outside the Rashtrapati Bhavan on Sunday,” former hockey player Rajbir Kaur said.
Other former athletes heading to the nation’s capital include Dhyan Chand Award-winning Hockey Olympian Gurmel Singh, Arjuna Award-winning kabaddi player Hardeep Singh, and Arjuna Award-winning weightlifter Tara Singh.
The center’s proposal to amend controversial laws failed to cut ice with peasant groups, which demanded that it answer “yes or no” to a major demand for repeal of the legislation during Saturday’s fifth round of talks.
The center has now convened a meeting on December 9.
Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, after the meeting, renewed the appeal to the farmers to end the uproar and promised that the Modi government was committed to the interests of the farmers.
He appealed to farmers’ unions to send older people, women and children back to their homes in protest of the cold weather.
The government has introduced three agriculture laws that came into effect in September that are major reforms in agriculture that eliminate intermediaries and allow farmers to sell anywhere in the country.
However, protested farmers are worried that the new laws will pave the way for the removal of the minimum support price safety cushion and will keep the knees away and at the mercy of large corporate firms. The Center has repeatedly asserted that these procedures will remain.


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