Farmers across Punjab blockaded railway tracks on Friday in protest against the Modi government’s anti-farmer bills. In Amritsar and Ferozepur, farmers were protesting on railway lines. Many train services in Punjab were canceled till September 27 in the wake of the strike. It has been announced that the train will be blocked for three days.
10 Central Trade Unions have announced their support for the protest day called by the All India Kisansangharsh Co-ordination Committee. There is support and solidarity from the five Left parties. Farmers’ organizations in Haryana, Punjab, and Uttar Pradesh have called for a bandh. SDA president Sukhbir Singh Badal, an ally of the NDA, said the Center had cheated farmers in Punjab, which supplies half of the country’s foodgrains.
In Haryana, 20 farmers are blocking national and state highways. CPI (M) MPs Elamaram Kareem, KK Ragesh, and Bikas Ranjan Bhattacharya on Thursday visited protest centers in Haryana.
The strongest protests are in Punjab, Haryana, and Uttar Pradesh. Farmers blocked the Amritsar-Delhi National Highway and national highways in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, and Uttar Pradesh. Rail Rocco protests blocking train services in Punjab.
The protest also caused heavy traffic congestion on the Ayodhya-Lucknow highway in Uttar Pradesh. Strong protests were organized in Barabanki, UP. The Samajwadi Party has called for a statewide protest against the agriculture bills and controversial labor law amendments.