Farmers’ protest: India’s 12-hour lockdown by farmers will halt railways, vegetables and milk supply

Farmers' protest: India's 12-hour lockdown by farmers will halt railways, vegetables and milk supply

Rail and road transportation will likely be affected in many parts of the country on Friday and markets may remain closed as well. Farmers’ organizations opposing the center’s new agricultural laws called for a complete “Bharat Bandah”. However, it will not be closed in the electoral states. The national range began at 6 AM on March 26 and will run until 6 PM. Bandh was summoned upon completion of four months of Kisan agitation on Delhi’s three frontiers – Singh, Gazipur and Tikri.

Front leader Darshan Pal said in a video message that the supply of vegetables and milk would also stop during Bandh. Morcha said in a statement that all shops, malls, markets and institutions will remain completely closed under Bharat Bandah. All short and long routes will be closed and trains will be suspended. All services will remain closed except for ambulances and other essential services. The influence of Bharat Bandah will also be felt in Delhi.

She appealed to the angry farmers to keep the peace during Bandh and not to engage in any discussion or wrong confrontation. Road and railways will be closed and markets will remain closed as well, chief farmer Bir Singh Rajwal said. Morcha said the national capital will also be closed.

Rajwal said trade unions, transportation and other organizations associated with the organized and unorganized sector have given their support to the “Bharat Bandh” farmers’ appeal. Rajwal said basic services such as ambulances and firefighting would be allowed during the lockdown.

Meanwhile, the Federation of All India Traders, claiming to represent eight crore traders in the country, said the markets would open on March 26th as they were not included in Bharat Bandh. Farmer leader Abhimanyu Kohar said Bharat Bandah will have a major impact in Haryana and Punjab. He said that residents of the electoral states – Tamil Nadu, Assam, West Bengal, Kerala and Puducherry had received an appeal not to join the band.

Congressional support for Bharat Bandah farmers

Congress has also supported Bharat Bandah for farmers. Conference Secretary General Randeep Surjwala said we support Gandhi Bharat Pandeh’s peaceful project proposed on March 26th. He says a decisive struggle is needed to awaken the deaf rulers. The current farmers movement is part of this link. Despite the martyrdom of three hundred farmers, it is time to awaken the Modi government, which has become a silent bystander.

SGPC supports a range of condiments

The Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee has announced its support for the Bharat Bandah advertisement. SGPC President Bibi Jakar Kaur decided to close the SGPC offices on Friday, and support Bharat Bandah. Nagar Kirtan, dedicated to the Prakash Parv 400th of Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur during Bharat Bandh, will also rest on March 26.

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