Farmers’ Protest: Opposition parties support Bharat Bandh

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On Sunday leading opposition leaders, including Congress President Sonia Gandhi, NCP leader Sharad Pawar, CPI(M) Secretary-General Sitaram Yechury, DMK leader M K Stalin and PAGD leader Farooq Abdullah made their statement in support of farmers’ groups’ call for Bharat bandh.

On Sunday the Congress, TRS, DMK, and the AAP merged with other opposing parties, adding their support to ‘Bharat Bandh’ on 8 December to demand the abolition of the latest agri-marketing regulations by farmers Unions protesting 11 days on Delhi’s borders. In addition to a joint forum of ten central unions, the Trinamool Congress, the RJD, and the left parties endorsed the country’s strike on Saturday. Meanwhile, Makkal Needhi Maiam, Actor Kamal Haasan, has said he would join the protest of farmers on Sunday, the 11th day.

The Center was warned by NCP leader and former agricultural union minister Sharad Pawar that if the stalemate continues, unrest will not be confined to Delhi and protesting farmers will stand up to the people from across the country. The NCP leader is also scheduled for the ongoing protest of farmers against agrarian laws to visit President Ram Nath Kovind on December 9, the party said on Sunday.

The negotiations between the government and the agro-industrial representatives remained unresolved on Saturday after the latter rejected a request by the Agriculture Minister to reform agricultural laws. A senior government source has advised The Indian Express to consider an alternative to convene a special parliamentary session in order to settle the stand-off. The source asked a query whether a special conference was under consideration, “It is not excluded, but no decision was taken.” Both sides decided on December 9 to meet again.

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