New Delhi: A day before their Bharat Bandh, the agrarian unions said they were determined not to allow any political leaders on stage during the protests, to be observed “peacefully” and without disturbing the ambulance and emergency services.
Opposition parties in Punjab, Delhi, Rajasthan, Bengal, Kerala, Jharkhand, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Maharashtra, Hattisgarh and Puducherry are backing the bandh. On Monday, the Andhra Pradesh ruling party YSRCP threw the 19th political party behind the peasants’ agitation.
“Bandh will be observed throughout the day, but the ‘Chakka Jam’ (road blockade) will only last till 3 pm,” said Darshan Paul, president of the Punjab unit of Krantikari Kisan Union, which attended all five rounds of talks with more than 30 agricultural representatives and the government. The unions want nothing less than the Center to repeal three new agricultural laws.

Emphasizing that their protests are not confined to Punjab, Nirbhaya Singh Dudike, president of Kriti Kisan Union, told a joint press conference at Singu Border (between Delhi and Haryana): “Leaders around the world, like Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, are supporting us. Ours is a peaceful protest. ”
Eleven political parties, including the Congress, the DMK, the NCP, the SP, the RJD and the Left, all supported the Bund on Sunday. The other seven parties did it separately.

In Hyderabad, the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), headed by a separate statehood movement for Telangana, will participate in the Dharani and Rasta Rokos on Tuesday after a gap of seven years and the YSR Congress in neighboring state Andhra Pradesh has also joined the bandh. Expressing solidarity with the farmers, the AP state government said all government offices will be closed till 1 pm and buses will not be on the road.
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In Maharashtra, the three ruling parties — the Shiv Sena, the NCP and the Congress — have backed the bandh. And with most of Maharashtra’s APMC markets expected to strike, fruit and vegetable supply to the city is likely to hit on Tuesday. However, buses, autos and taxis, as well as retail stores, are expected to operate as usual. The banks will continue to function, but workers of the Maharashtra State Bank Employees’ Union will show solidarity with the farmers by wearing badges and carrying morcha and demonstrations.

In West Bengal, Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee extended her support to the bund on Tuesday, but said, “My government does not support the bunds because daily workers are severely hit by the shutdown.” Banerjee asked his party members to organize rallies in support of the agitating farmers in every block of Bengal.
The Left Democratic Front has backed the bandh. But due to a survey of local bodies – five districts in the south of the state voting on December 8 in the first phase – a proper bandh will not be implemented in Kerala.
Congress President Sunil Jakhar, who is the focus of the agrarian movement, said that protests would be organized at the district level across the state and that any inconvenience faced by the people during the bandh would be placed at the center where the farmers had not been approached before.
In Rajasthan, all 247 foodgrains and six fruit and vegetable bundles will be closed in support of the bandh, said Babu Lal Gupta, President of Rajasthan’s Khaddya Padarth Biper Association Also, the BJP’s ally, Lokhandrik Party, led by Hanuman Beniwal, has backed the bandh. The AGP of Assam is another BJP ally that has backed the bandh.
All non-NDA parties in Jharkhand, including the ruling Congress and the JMM, will take to the streets for the bund. Congress has directed its activists to take to the streets to “make the bandh successful”.
In Odisha, the BJD has announced that it will close its government offices on Tuesday, though the BJD has yet to decide whether to support Bandhi. “Transport and communication are likely to be affected by the bund. It can have an adverse effect on infectious disease. In view of this, the government has decided to close all its offices. Emergency services are free, ”the Information and Public Relations Department said in a statement.
In the meantime, the Ministry of Agriculture received representation from new groups of agricultural groups based in Haryana and some other states. While many agricultural companies in Haryana have supported the ‘Band’, other groups representing thousands of farmers with links to Farmers Producers Organizations (FPOs) on Monday requested Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar to repeal the laws.


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