The Samyukta Kisan Morcha, a joint front representing farmer unions, has called for a Bharat Bandh today. According to the SKM, the nationwide shutdown will start at 6 am and it will be in force up to 6 pm across the country today, which marks four months of the farmer agitation at Delhi's three borders -- Singhu, Ghazipur, and Tikri. Rail and road...
About Protest and Demands:
The 'Delhi Chalo' farmers' protest at border points of New Delhi has gone on for more than 120 days.
Thousands of farmers, especially from Punjab and Haryana, have been staging a sit-in protest along Delhi borders – Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur. The protest started on November 26, 2020.
The farmers are demanding a complete rollback of the new farm reform laws and a guarantee that the Minimum Support Price (MSP) system will be retained. Multiple rounds of talks between the Centre and the farmers’ union leaders have ended in a stalemate. Protesting farmers fear the new laws will dismantle the MSP system and corporatise farming.
The Supreme Court had earlier ordered a stay on the implementation of these contentious laws, hoping it will end the protest. The farm union leaders have also rejected the Centre's proposal to suspend implementation of the laws for 18 months.
On January 26, the protest turned violent when some farmers deviated from a pre-decided route for their Republic Day tractor rally and clashed with police. Some protesters scaled the ramparts of the Red Fort. Several protestors and police personnel were injured in the ensuing clashes.
YSRCP(AP ruling party) extends support:
The ruling YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) in AP has expressed solidarity and extended its support to the bandh. In addition to protesting against the farm reform laws, in AP, the strike will also be observed to protest against the Centre's decision to privatize Visakhapatnam Steel Plant (VSP).
The state’s I&PR Minister Perni Venkatramaiah has appealed to the farmers' associations to cooperate and observe the strike peacefully without any untoward incidents that may cause inconvenience to the public.
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