The 10-hour Bharat Bandh called by the Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) on Monday
was termed ‘successful’ by farmers’ leader Rakesh Tikait. SKM, an umbrella body of
over 40 farm unions announced that the strike, from 6 am to 4 pm, will not allow
traffic in certain parts of the national highways. The strike was called in as the first-
year anniversary of the signing of the farm laws by the President of India.
Since Monday morning, traffic snarls were being reported in and around Delhi-
Gurugram, Delhi-Uttar Pradesh borders, and several trains were cancelled in Delhi,
Ambala and Firozpur divisions. SKM had announced government and private office,
educational and other institutions would be closed while they did not block roads
for emergencies. Autos and taxis were allowed with shops open by extending
Shambhu border between Punjab and Haryana was also closed with Haryana
government announcing to their people warning them about traffic jams prior to the
strike. Punjab State Congress President, Navjot Singh Sidhu had announced their
support to the bandh. Leaders like Rahul Gandhi and KC Venugopal told the
Congress cadres to extend support by taking part in the Bharat bandh. BSP leader
Mayawati also announced the party’s support for the strike. Karnataka Chief Minister
Basawaraj Bommai said the bandh needs a ‘different ideological approach’, saying it
shouldn’t affect people because they are still recovering from covid.
BKU Leader Rakesh Tikait called the strike ‘successful’ and apologised for the
inconvenience caused to the transport sector. However, he also said that the public had
supported the bandh. “It is okay if public experienced some inconvenience, let one day
be in solidarity with farmers who have been experiencing troubles (protesting against
farm laws at Delhi border) under sun, heat for last 10 months,” he said.
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