Protests are on in the country against the Agriculture Bill passed by the Center over the opposition of farmers and the Opposition. Under the All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordinating Committee, 350 farmers’ organizations have joined hands. Thousands of protesters blocked roads and highways in several states. Most shops and businesses were closed in protest.
The Kisan Sangharsh Coordinating Committee has decided to continue the rail blockade in Punjab till September 29 as part of the strike. The committee decided to end the three-day protest today. However, committee chairman Satnam Panu Singh said the new decision was to extend the agitation to 29. He added that the government should address the issues in the Agriculture Bill.
At the same time, the farmers are adamant that I will not back down against the Agriculture Bill. There was a huge protest in the streets by college students, activists, women, and school children declaring support for the farmers. They chanted slogans against the central government’s move to pass the Agriculture Bill.
The Central Government has deceived the country with its ban on notes and GST, saying that they do not own agricultural land and understand the problems of the farmers. Some students have reacted by saying that the implementation of the Agriculture Bill is creating havoc as the COVID crisis is now raging.
The Bharat Bandh was organized by the All India Kisan Sangh Coordinating Committee, All India Kisan Mahasangh, and Bharat Kisan Union. Opposition parties, including the Congress, the Samajwadi Party, the Trinamool Congress, and the DMK, had also expressed support for the bandh. Trade unions CITU, AITUC, and Hind Mazdoor Sabha also expressed support for the national bandh. As a result, many shops were closed.