BHARAT BANDH GETS MIXED RESPONSE FROM STATES, ACCORDING TO SOME

The Bharat Bandh called by farmers unions was termed “successful” by leader
Rakesh Tikait. The strike that started from Monday 6 am and concluded by 4 pm
created traffic havoc in parts of Delhi and around. However commercial
establishments and shops were operating as usual. The bandh manifested differently
in different parts of the country.
In Maharashtra for instance, shops and transport operated without any issues,
though many non-BJP parties came together with demonstrations and bike rallies in
support of the strike. A pro-farmer’s outfit created a blockade in Nagpur. In Andhra
Pradesh, though the YSR Congress extended support to the anti-farm laws strike, the
bandh got lukewarm response. The main opposition Telegu Desham Party also
supported the strike along with left parties. There were heavy rains in the state and
this shadowed many demonstrations. In the Jammu district many demonstrations
and rallies led by CPI(M) leader M Y Taigami took place in support of the farmers.
He said “the farm laws are bound to destroy the agricultural sector of the country,
Besides, these laws will lay the basis for abolishment of the Minimum Support Price
and mortgage the country’s agriculture and markets to the corporate sector”.

In Jharkhand the bandh affected life as markets and roads were blocked. Vehicles
were disrupted in several areas of the state, shops were shut in Ranchi but
government offices functioned as usual. In Ramgarh district protestors blocked the
Ranchi-Patna and Ramgarh-Bokaro highway causing traffic jams.

The effects of the bandh was mostly seen around Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, Western UP
and in parts of Bihar, Kerala, Jharkhand, West Bengal and Odisha.

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