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Farmers, Trade Unions In 12 States Extend Support for the ‘Bharat Bandh’

New Delhi:6/12/20: Farmers and trade unions from more than 12 states, including whole northern India, have so far extended their support for the ‘Bharat Bandh’ call of farmer organisations on December 8 to raise their voice against the Centre’s three contentious farm laws enacted in September during the Monsoon Session of Parliament.

Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chandigarh, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Odisha and Tamil Nadu are among the 12 states and a joint platform of 10 central trade unions have so far extended their support to the call which was made public after the fifth round of the government-farmer talks remained inconclusive with both sides adamant on their points.

As the ongoing farmers protest entered the 11th day on Sunday, over 40 farmer representatives engaged in a meeting since morning at Singhu Border — one of the protest spots on the Delhi-Chandigarh route — to chalk out a plan for the ‘Bharat Bandh’ and discuss further strategy of the agitation.

The farmer leaders have decided to continue their sit-in until their first and major demand to repeal all three farm laws are not annulled.

While the government was agreeable in the fifth government-farmer meet to do amendments to The Farmers Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020; The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020; and The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020, farmers were pushing for the scrapping of these laws.

Farmer leaders communicated that they will hold the ‘Bharat Bandh’ on December 8 as their demands haven’t been met.

Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) Ekta Ugrahan state President Joginder Singh told IANS that a few team members of the group have been sent to Punjab for a complete ‘Bharat Bandh’.

“Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab in among 12 states are expected to observe complete ‘Bharat Bandh’ on December 8. Odisha and Tamil Nadu are also supporting the call,” Singh said.

“So far, it is not known if Gujarat will follow the ‘bandh’ call as none of the members from there has approached us. However, we have come to know that around 500 farmers are coming in separate vehicles here. I am not aware who is leading them. Separate organisations are coming here to support our protest. Who is organising these people is still not known? All political leaders, except BJP, are supporting the protests in Punjab.”

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