The nationwide strike, generally called the Bharat Bandh, is called by the farmers against the new farm bill. It will begin at 11 am and will continue till 3 pm. Thousands of farmers are protesting continuously for 12 days. The new agricultural law could not stand up to the farmers’ expectations.
The talks between the government and the representatives of the farmers have resulted futile till now. The farmers have called for a nationwide strike on Tuesday.
They are expected to block roads and transport services and banking services during the strike. Medical services like ambulance and weddings will go as usual.
Leaders of 11 parties, including Congress president Sonia Gandhi, DMK chief M K Stalin, NCP patriarch Sharad Pawar, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav and Left Front’s Sitaram Yechury and D Raja, on Sunday said they would lend their “whole-hearted” support to the December 8 Bharat bandh called by farmers’ unions.
“We don’t want to cause problems for a common man. Therefore, we will begin at 11am, so that they could leave for office on time. Work hours in offices will end by 3pm,” BKU’s Rakesh Tikait was quoted as saying by news agency ANI. “People can show their card and leave,” Tikait said.