The farmers, who have been protesting against the new agriculture laws on the Delhi border for the last 12 days, have called for ‘Bharat Bandh’ today. The agitating farmers have planned to stop traffic from 11 am to 3 pm. As part of the demonstration, farmers from northern states especially Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi have taken to the streets. Meanwhile, all the opposition parties of the country have extended their support to ‘Bharat Bandh’. Also, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has claimed by tweeting that Delhi Police has placed CM Arvind Kejriwal under house arrest after CM went to the Sindhu border on Monday.
A large number of security forces have been deployed at the Singhu border given the protest. Several rounds of discussions have been held between the farmers and the central government, but no result has been achieved so far. Farmer unions have said that they are not satisfied with the amendment in the agricultural laws being proposed by the government. The two are to meet again tomorrow (Wednesday).
Farmer leaders have said that no one should be forced to join the bandh. Almost all the opposition parties and many trade unions have decided to support the farmer by supporting ‘Bharat Bandh’. Because of this, the Centre has issued an advisory to all states and union territories to tighten security and follow the guidelines regarding coronavirus (COVID-19).
Farmer leader Rakesh Tikait said “our bandh is different from the bandh of political parties. This is a 4-hour symbolic shutdown due to ideology. We want the common man to have no problem. We appeal to them not to travel during this period.”
Appealing to all to join the ‘symbolic’ bandh, the farmer leaders said that as part of their demonstration, from 11 am to 3 pm they will perform ‘Chakka Jam’, during which the major roads will be jammed.
Meanwhile, AAP alleges that on the orders of the Ministry of Home Affairs, the police have put the three mayors of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi on a dharna outside the main gate of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s house and on the pretext of this the police has barricaded the Chief Minister’s house so that no one can come to meet Kejriwal and neither can he go anywhere.
AAP MLA Saurabh Bhardwaj said that ever since the Chief Minister visited farmers on Sindhu border to support the farmers, at the behest of the Union Ministry of Home Affairs, the Delhi Police has almost kept the Chief Minister under house arrest by putting a barricade in his own house. No one can meet them, nor can they come out. We will march till CM house. On the allegations of the Aam Aadmi Party, the DCP of the North District of Delhi Police said that this is a false and baseless charge. He added that Our force is stationed there but Arvind Kejriwal left somewhere around 8 pm yesterday and returned around 10 pm and there is no problem.