Some farmers’ organizations opposing the three agricultural laws have called a Bharat Bandh on March 26, ie. Rail and road transport services are likely to be affected during this period. Apart from this, markets in some parts of the country may remain closed on Friday. Farmers’ organizations have kept the bandh separate in the electoral states and union territory of Puducherry. According to the United Kisan Morcha, the nationwide bandh will begin at 6 am and will continue till 6 pm on 26 March.
Senior farmer leader Balbir Singh Rajewal said that road and rail transport will be blocked. They have claimed that the markets will also remain closed. He has called for a bandh in the national capital, Delhi. Rajewal said that trade unions, and other organizations in organized and unorganized sectors, have extended their support to the ‘Bharat Bandh’ of farmer organizations on 26 March. Talking to news agency PTI, he said, “Farmers will block rail tracks at various places. Markets and transport services will be closed.” He said that ambulances and emergency services would not be stopped during the nationwide bandh.
Let us tell you that thousands of farmers mainly from Punjab, Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh are camping in Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur. They are demanding legislation to completely repeal the three agricultural laws and guarantee the minimum support price on their crops.
The Confederation of All India Traders, which claimed representation of 8 crore traders in the country, said the markets would be open on March 26 as the organization was not participating in the ‘Bharat Bandh’. They say that markets in Delhi and other parts of the country will be open. CAIT national general secretary Praveen Khandelwal said, “The deadlock can only be resolved through dialogue. Amendment in agricultural laws should be discussed. Make existing farming profitable. ”
Farmer leader Abhimanyu Kohar, who is also a senior member of the Samyukta Kisan Morcha, said that the huge impact of ‘Bharat Bandh’ would be felt in Haryana and Punjab. Kohad said that the farmers have appealed to the merchant organizations to close their shops during the nationwide bandh as three new agricultural laws will also affect them indirectly. The farmer leader said that during elections in Tamil Nadu, Assam, West Bengal, Kerala and Puducherry, the Samyukta Kisan Morcha appealed to the people not to follow the bandh there.
As of now, there have been 11 rounds of talks between the protesting unions and the government, but the deadlock continued as both sides remained firm on their stand. In January, the government offered to suspend agricultural laws for 12–18 months, which the farmers unions rejected.