Bhubaneswar:8/12/20: Hundreds of Left and Congress activists in Odisha on Tuesday participated in the ‘Bharat Bandh’ called by the farmers against three farm laws by the Centre.
Normal life was affected across the state as eight political parties, including the Congress, Left parties, and various farmer organisations and trade unions supported the Bharat Bandh.
Due to the protest, several banks, government offices and business establishments remained closed.
The protesters staged road blockade at several places across the state. The Congress workers also carried out bike rallies in Bhubaneswar.
Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) president Niranjan Patnaik demanded the Centre to repeal the new farm laws.
“More than 60 per cent of people depend on agriculture activities in the country. The country would not progress if its economy is affected. The Modi government wants to benefit the corporates. We want to repeal the farm laws. People have extended full support to Bharat Bandh,” said Patnaik.
He also attacked the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) saying both the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the regional party were supporting each other.