Thousands join to block roads in Punjab, Telangana; political leaders detained.
Bharat Bandh called by the farmers’ unions protesting against the recent farm sector laws affected normal life on Tuesday in large parts of northern India, especially Punjab, as well as Odisha, and the southern States of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.
Farm unions under the banner of the Samyukt Kisan Morcha claimed that more than 50 lakh people participated in the Bharat Bandh call at 20,000 locations across the country. At least 25 political parties supported the bandh, along with trade unions, retail and transport associations and many professional bodies. Thindu News reports
Officials media reports, However no major impact of Bharat Bandh in country as normal life remains unaffected
There was no major impact of Bharat Bandh called by farmers’ unions today as all markets, shops, banks, government and private offices, and other commercial establishments functioned normally across the country.
Elaborate security arrangements were made in all States and Union Territories in the wake of the call. Transport and traffic were also normal in cities like Delhi and Mumbai as police kept a tight vigil. The farmers’ unions protesting against the new farm laws at the borders of the National Capital had called for a nationwide strike between 11 am and 3 pm.
Normal life remained unaffected in most parts of the country including Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu division as shops and commercial establishments remained operational in these states with transport plying normally on the roads.
In Maharashtra, members of a farmers’ organization staged a ‘rail roko’ in Buldhana district as part of the Bharat Bandh. However, Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation buses were plying as scheduled.
In Telangana, trade unions held demonstrations at busy locations in Hyderabad. AIR Correspondent reports that Bank Employees unions however stayed away from the bandh and banking services operated as usual. Government offices and offices of Public Sector Undertakings worked as usual.
Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Amit Shah met 13 farmer leaders at the end of a day of nationwide protest and Bharat Bandh called by farmer organisations. By calling a select group, some divisions appear to have been created among the farmer groups.