Guwahati: Sit-in protests are likely to take place in several parts of Assam as well as the nation, as thousands of farmers protesting against the Centre’s new agri-law for the past 12 days in New Delhi have called on people to join their ‘Bharat Bandh’ on Tuesday in large numbers.
The call for a “peaceful” nationwide strike on December 8, a day ahead of the sixth round of talks between protesting farmers and the centre, will begin from 11 am and continue till 3 pm on Tuesday.
Assam farmer’s group have extended their support in the protest and members from Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti are likely to join the protest in Delhi.
Several organisations in Silchar have backed up the farmer’s protest and would also support the ‘peaceful’ strike on Tuesday. 15 organisations have staged a protest in Silchar against the Centre’s agri-law and demanded to withdraw the bill passed.
The Guwahati Auto-Rickshaw body has also announced that they would stop the auto-rickshaw movement on Tuesday in the city to support the bandh.
However, the nation-wide bandh is meant to mount pressure on the government to repeal three contentious agricultural reform laws.
Road blockades and services such as transport and banking may be affected. However, medical services, media and other essential services’ movements will be allowed.
Farmer leaders also welcomed the support of political parties to the nationwide strike against the laws and demanded that the legislation be repealed.
The Congress, Aam Aadmi Party, Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samaj party, Nationalist Congress Party, CPI (M) and DMK are among the political parties that are backing the day-long strike.
Talks between the government and protesting farmer unions so far have been futile and sixth round of discussion is scheduled to be held on Wednesday.