Congress and NCP support Bharat bandh, protests seen in Mumbai

Mumbai: Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) have protested in Mumbai. Many workers of Congress and NCP were arrested as they were blocking the roads.

Farmers union have called for a ‘Bharat bandh’ today morning which ended at 4 pm. This is a part of the long protest that have been carried out by the farmers against the three farm laws.

The protest has began at 6am. Some sections on the highways were curbed by the protesters. This morning, Delhi-Meerut Expressway was blocked near the Ghazipur protest site, affected the traffic coming from Uttar Pradesh.

The protests will be peaceful said the demonstrators but school, colleges, shops, government and private offices, educational and other institutions, industries and commercial establishments will be closed across the country, the SKM said.

Shambhu border near Haryana is blocked by the farmers. The state police on Sunday said people to be prepared to face traffic congestion. “It is expected the agitating groups may sit on dharna on roads and highways and block them for some time. The national and state highways in Haryana may see some traffic disruptions for several hours,” a state police spokesperson said.

Tikait on protest

Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait on Sunday said farmers are ready to protest for 10 years, but will not allow the ‘black’ legislations to be implemented. “It has been 10 months of this agitation. The government must listen with open ears that even if we have to agitate for 10 years we are ready,” Mr Tikait said at a farmers’ gathering in Panipat.

The centre has denied the allegations and offered to amend the laws after wide discussions with farmers. The centre says the farm laws are in fact beneficial for farmers as some of the provisions cut out middlemen, who exploit farmers. But the farmers have stuck to nothing less than complete withdrawal of the three laws.

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