The Samyukta Kisan Morcha, which is a coalition of farmer unions, has called for a 12-hour long Bharat Bandh on March 26 to show their protest against the three farm laws. The last two Bharat bandhs that were called by the farmer unions weren’t that impactful. However, this being a 12-hour bandh could block services to a longer extent.
Thousands of protesting farmers from Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and several other states have been staging a sit-in along Delhi borders — Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur. The government had called and the unions for as many as 10 face-to-face meet to find a solution to end the strike. The farmers, during all the meets, have been firm on their call that they want the three laws scrapped.
The farmers, with their peaceful protest, claim they are following Mahatama Gandhi’s way of protesting. However, they don’t realise that even Gandhi, during Kheda Satyagrah, Ahemdabad Mills workers protests, etc. had softened his stances to find a midway instead of being stiff on allowing all the favours to just one side.
Meanwhile, the fact that the last Bharat bandhs had not been a success, this time, the Samyukta Kisan Morcha has appealed to the citizens to make March 26 a success. Farmer leader Buta Singh Burjgill said they are observing the bandh on a day when the farmers’ protest will reach the fourth month. “The peaceful bandh will remain effective from morning till evening,” Burjgill said.
“In order to make Bharat Bandh successful, all District President, the Block President / Tehsil President and top officials should coordinate to ensure that the bandh is made successful,” the Bhartiya Kisan Morcha said in Tweet.
The Kisan Morcha wishes to see traffic and rail stoppage across India to observe the bandh. The group will also burn copies of farm laws on Holika Dahan.
Seeing it as an opportunity to woo the voters during the election season, the oppositions are in full support of the bandh. Congress MP Digvijaya Singh tweeted in support of the protesting farmers. “We support the call for Bharat Bandh on 26th March against the three Anti-Farmers Bill,” Singh said.