The nationwide strike or Bharat Bandh called by farmers and several farmers’ organizations against the new agricultural reforms will begin at 11am and continue till 3 pm on Tuesday.
“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.
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.
Meanwhile, a joint platform of ten central trade unions has extended its support to a call of ‘Bharat Bandh’ by farmer organisations on December 8.
All opposition parties except the Trinamool Congress – Shiv Sena, Congress, DMK, Kamal Haasan’s MNM, RJD, Samajwadi Party, NCP, Aam Aadmi Party, newly-minted People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration in J&K and a collection of Left outfits – have backed the farmers and said they would organise demonstrations across cities tomorrow.