On December 8, thousands of farmers rallying at numerous border crossings in Delhi declared that they would observe Bharat Bandh in protest against the three new agricultural legislation enacted by the government.
The all-India agitation appeal was backed by the Congress, Nationalist Congress Party, Shiv Sena, Telangana Rashtra Samithi, DMK, Samajwadi Party, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Rashtriya Janata dal (RJD), Bahujan Samaj Party (BCP), the Left Party and other political outfits.
Farmers have blocked all the Border Points of Delhi
Antagonizing farmers have tried to block all of Delhi’s entrance and exit points. The national capital also witnessed immense traffic congestion at many border points due to the continuous agitation of farmers, as thousands
of farmers from Punjab, Haryana, and other parts of the country have been camping at the border for more than 10 days.
Notably, the Trinamool Congress led by Mamata Banerjee declared that it has complete backing for the protest of farmers against the three farm laws, but would not back Bharat Bandh in West Bengal as it was against the party’s principles. All opposition leaders have urged the government to drop the Farmer’s Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020, The Farmer (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price and Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020, and The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, 2020. expressing solidarity with the agitating farmers.
Reasons that opposition is giving behind the support
The statement released by the opposition parties read that these laws “endanger India’s food security, undermine Agriculture sector and our peasants, lay the groundwork for both the abolition of the Minimum Support Price (MSP) and mortgage Indian agriculture and our markets to the caprices of multi-national agri-business corporates and domestic corporates”.