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Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) called for a Bharat Bandh for tomorrow (Monday, September 27) on the occasion of the first anniversary of three controversial agricultural laws passed by parliament.
About 100 organisations including national political parties, trade unions, peasant associations, youth, teachers, workers and others will join Bharat Bandh.
Thousands of farmers from Uttar Pradesh and neighbouring countries gathered in Muzaffarnagar on September 5th for a "Kisan mahapanchayat" organised by SKM and unanimously demanded a full Bharat Bandh against the three controversial agricultural laws on September 27th.
SKM, the governing body of more than 40 peasant unions that leads the peasant movement, later said in a statement: " The SKM appeals to every Indian to join this nationwide movement and make the 'Bharat Bandh' a resounding success. In particular, we appeal to all organisations of workers, traders, transporters, businessmen, students, youth and women and all social movements to extend solidarity with the farmers that day."
The band plays from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. During this time, all government and private offices, educational and other institutions, businesses, industries and commercial institutions, and public events and events across the country will be closed, he said.
Exceptions are all emergency facilities and essential services, including hospitals, medical care, first aid and rescue, and people in personal emergencies.
Many opposition parties have expressed support for Bandh. The Prime Minister of Punjab, Charanjit Singh Channi, backed the bandh, while the opposition leader of the Bihar congregation, Tejashwi Yadav, announced that they would join the national strike. The governments of Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu also fully supported the national strike.
Congress also announced it would join the protests on Monday. Mayawati, party leader of Bahujan Samaj, said on Twitter on Sunday that her party would support a peaceful "Bharat Bandh" called by farmers against the centre’s three agricultural laws.
The Aam Aadmi evening was also extended for the group. Party leader Raghav Chadha said on Saturday: "AAP national convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has always stood by the farmers against the black laws." Kerala’s ruling LDF has also called for a state-wide hartal on 27 September to express solidarity with the farmers.
Farmers from various parts of the country, including Punjab, Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh, have been protesting on Delhi's borders since November to demand the repeal of three controversial agricultural laws that they say will abolish minimum price support on large farms.
The government and farmers' unions have so far held 11 rounds, the last on January 22, to break the blockade and end the farmers' protests. Talks have not resumed after widespread violence during a protest against farm tractors on Jan. 26.
The three laws - the Agricultural Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act 2020, the Agricultural Price Insurance and Services (Authorisation and Protection) Agreement 2020, and the Essential Products Act 2020 (Amendment) - were passed by Parliament last September. The centre projected the three laws as major land reforms.
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