Bharat Bandh Today Highlights: Nationwide shutdown evokes mixed response, impact maximum in Punjab, Haryana

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Updated: September 25, 2020 4:50:31 pm

Farmers Protests: Congress has supported the Bharat Bandh call by farmer organisations.

bharat bandh live, farmers protest latest updatesMembers of various farmer organizations block a railway track during a protest.(PTI Photo)

The Bharatiya Kisan Union and several other organisations are holding a nationwide demonstration and chakkajam on Friday against the passage of the farm reform bills by the Parliament. In Punjab, farmer unions on Thursday began a three-day rail roko protest at six different locations with 1,000 to 1,500 farmers sitting on the tracks. The Railways partially cancelled several trains and short-terminated many in view of the protest. Farmer groups in Haryana have urged residents to observe a bandh from 10 am to 4 pm on Friday. In Bihar, the opposition RJD has announced that it will hold protests at party offices in all 38 districts. Meanwhile, the Congress has supported the Bharat Bandh call by farmer organisations, saying millions of party workers stand in solidarity with the farmers’ cause and will participate in their dharnas. The party has decided to take out marches in every state after which memorandums will be submitted to the respective governors on September 28. The opposition and farmers allege that the bills are against the interests of farmers and farm labourers. The bills at the centre of agitation are — The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, and the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill.

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    16:30 (IST)25 Sep 2020
    Farm bills: Congress' march on on September 28

    The Congress has decided to take out marches in every state after which memorandums will be submitted to the respective governors on September 28 against these farm bills, which it says are against the interests of farmers and farm labourers.

    16:22 (IST)25 Sep 2020
    'Will take to streets against farm bills'

    Delhi Congress chief Anil Chaudhary said the party workers in the national capital will launch a plan to raise the voice of farmers and farm labourers from Parliament to panchayats. He said workers will take to the streets against the farm bills.

    16:21 (IST)25 Sep 2020
    What Rahul Gandhi is saying?

    Earlier, former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi said in a tweet, "Modi government's priorities -- Instead of talking to farmers and workers to find a solution to their problems, busy in PR." He also posted a media report on the prime minister's interaction along with his tweet.

    15:06 (IST)25 Sep 2020
    Bharat bandh: Amarinder Singh urges farmers to maintain law and order

    Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh has urged the farmers to maintain law and order and to adhere to Covid-19 safety protocols. No FIR will be registered for the violation of Section 144 during the protest, the CM has said.

    14:46 (IST)25 Sep 2020
    Which political parties are opposing the farm reform bills?

    Besides Congress, a total of 18 parties,including AAP, Congress, the Left parties, NCP, DMK, SP, Trinamool Congress, RJD, have urged the President to not sign the bills.

    12:39 (IST)25 Sep 2020
    Tej Pratap sits atop tractor while Tejashwi drives - WATCH

    RJD leader Tej Pratap Yadav sits atop a tractor while Tejashwi Yadav drives it, during the protest against farm reform bills passed in the Parliament.

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    12:29 (IST)25 Sep 2020
    SAD's Bikram Singh Majithia at a protest site in Amritsar

    Shiromani Akali Dal's Bikram Singh Majithia attends a protest in Amritsar against recent Farm Bills.

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    12:20 (IST)25 Sep 2020
    Chandigarh police on high alert

    The Chandigarh Police are on high alert in view of the bandh called by farmers, and reports that agitating farmers are likely to try to enter Chandigarh. Police presence was increased at all border nakas for round the clock since Thursday evening.

    12:19 (IST)25 Sep 2020
    Farm Bills to 'enslave farmers', says Rahul Gandhi

    In a fresh attack at the Centre over the contentious farm Bills, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi today tweeted: "A flawed GST destroyed MSMEs. The new agriculture laws will enslave our farmers."

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    12:17 (IST)25 Sep 2020
    Farmers become a labourer in their own land: Priyanka

    Speaking against the farm Bills, Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra tweeted: "The MSPs have been taken away from the farmers. They will be forced to become slaves through contract farming. Farmers will neither get the price nor the honor. They will become a labourer in their own land."

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    12:13 (IST)25 Sep 2020
    Congress supports Bharat Bandh call

    The Congress has supported the Bharat Bandh call given by farmer organisations for Friday, saying millions of party workers stand in solidarity with the farmers'' cause and will participate in their dharnas. Chief Congress spokesperson Randeep Sujewala said that while farmers and farm labourers fill the stomachs of countrymen with their hard labour, the Modi government is attacking them and their fields.

    11:59 (IST)25 Sep 2020
    SAD to observe 3-hour chakka jam across Punjab

    The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) will observe a three-hour chakka jam (road blockade) across Punjab from 11am to 2pm in all constituencies.

    11:09 (IST)25 Sep 2020
    Bharat bandh: Delhi Police on high alert

    Delhi-Haryana border is likely to be sealed as protesters can march towards the national capital. Delhi Police is on high alert.

    10:47 (IST)25 Sep 2020
    Tejashwi Yadav drives tractor during farmers' protest

    Lalu's son and RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav drove a tractor during the farmers' protest today.

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    10:44 (IST)25 Sep 2020
    Two Haryana BJP leaders term farm bills 'anti-farmer'

    Haryana BJP leaders Parminder Singh Dhull and Rampal Majra on Thursday dubbed the Centre's farm bills "anti-farmer", claiming that the apprehensions about the minimum support price were not unfounded. The two former legislators said many farmer outfits were protesting against the Centre's farm reforms and their voices should be heard. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

    10:26 (IST)25 Sep 2020
    Haryana farmers call for bandh from 10am to 4 pm today

    Farmer groups in Haryana have urged residents to observe a bandh from 10 am to 4 pm on Friday. However, the National Highways have been exempted from the bandh call. Meanwhile, Haryana minister Anil Vij on Thursday held a meeting with senior officers of Home and Police Department to review the entire situation in the state.

    10:19 (IST)25 Sep 2020
    Bharat bandh: Strict vigilance at Delhi-UP border

    As a precautionary measure, cops have also been deployed in Chilla area near the Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border point.

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    10:05 (IST)25 Sep 2020
    RSS-affiliated farmers’ organisations demand amendment to farm bills

    RSS-affiliated farmers’ organizations like Bhartiya Kisan Sangh, Swadeshi Jagran Manch are also demanding amendment to the legislations but they won’t be taking part in the protest today.

    10:03 (IST)25 Sep 2020
    Farmers block Amritsar-Delhi national highway

    Farmers, under the banner of Bharatiya Kisan Union and Revolutionary Marxist Party of India (RMPI), block the Amritsar-Delhi national highway near Phillaur in Jalandhar on Friday.

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    09:52 (IST)25 Sep 2020
    31 farmers organisations support Bharat Bandh call

    A total of 31 farmers organisations have extended their support to the Bharat Bandh call. All India Farmers Union (AIFU), Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU), All India Kisan Mahasangh (AIKM), and All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC), farmers’ bodies from Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra are supporting the shutdown.

    09:48 (IST)25 Sep 2020
    Bharat Bandh today against farm reform bills

    The Bharatiya Kisan Union and several other organisations are holding a nationwide demonstration and chakkajam against the farm reform bills. The bills  were passed by the Parliament earlier this week.

    A total of 31 farmers’ organisations have extended their support to the call of a Bharat Bandh today. The opposition and several farmers’ organisations are saying that the just passed farm reform bills are against the interest of the farmers.
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