"Peaceful" Bharat Bandh From 11 AM-3 PM Tomorrow, Say Farmers

Protesting farmers have called for a 'Bharat Bandh' on December 8 after several rounds of talks with the Central government over the new farm laws didn't yield any result.

Protesting farmers have called for a 'Bharat Bandh' on December 8 after several rounds of talks with the Central government over the new farm laws didn't yield any result. Farmers, mainly from Punjab and Haryana, have been agitating on the outskirts of Delhi against the three new farm laws. As the logjam continues, Centre has called for another meet with farmers on December 9.

With growing support from trade unions and Opposition parties for tomorrow's "Bharat Bandh" call, some services, including supply of fruits and vegetables, could get affected in Delhi - now the epicentre of farmers' protests - and the rest of the country. The call for a "peaceful" nationwide shutdown on December 8, a day ahead of the sixth round of talks between protesting farmers and the centre, is meant to mount pressure on the government to repeal three contentious agriculture reform laws. "The protest is to show that we don't support some of the policies of the government," Bharatiya Kisan Union Spokesperson Rakesh Tikait said. Unions have said their protest is "peaceful and will continue that way".

As many as 23 farmer groups have formed an umbrella body called Gujarat Khedut Sangharsh Samiti and extended support to Tuesday's 'Bharat bandh' call given by those protesting against the Centre's three new farm laws. The decision to form such an umbrella organization was taken at a meeting of the Gujarat Khedut Samaj and Gujarat Kisan Sabha on Sunday, said Jayesh Patel, president of Gujarat Khedut Samaj.