Bharat Bandh in support of farmers’ movement recieved an overwhelming response with solidarity marches of farmers and students in different states.
While haryana and Punjab saw near total bandh with empty streets and highways blocked by tractors. Most shops were closed in Punjab and farmers blocked railway tracks.
While the states that had mixed response to bandh due to them being BJP ruled states, there were massive protests all over India.
Political parties, trade unions, student, women’s organizations have extended their support. A new feature is the enthusiastic participation of young men and women.
AIKSCC has demanded the repeal of the 3 Central Farm Acts and the Electricty bill 2020 and all farmers groups and associations are determined to ensure such repeal.
More than 50 Lac people participate in 20,000 places to make Bharat Bandh Successful
— Shanti_N (@shanti0207) December 8, 2020
A day before the government’s crucial sixth round of talks with representatives of protesting farmers, home minister Amit Shah on Tuesday met a select group of union leaders in a bid to break the deadlock. Sources said 13 farmer leaders were called for the meeting, which began after 8 pm. The farmer leaders included eight from Punjab and five from various nationwide organisations.
Held Protests in Bengaluru in support of the #BharatBandh call given by Farmer Unions against the anti-Farmer bills passed by the BJP Government.
Karnataka Congress is also holding protests in all district and taluk headquarters demanding that these laws be revoked. pic.twitter.com/YsclJw5Cdd
— DK Shivakumar (@DKShivakumar) December 8, 2020
The nationwide shutdown was observed in around 10,000 places in 25 states, claimed Swaraj India leader Yogendra Yadav. Emergency services were exempted and banks, too, continued operations as the pan-India shutdown, backed by most opposition parties and trade unions, rolled out noisily but peacefully with its impact felt in Punjab, Haryana and Delhi, the epicentre of the snowballing protests, as well as in states such as Odisha, Maharashtra, Bihar and Jharkhand.
“My grandfather used to say that once in your life you need a doctor, a lawyer, a policeman and a preacher but every day, three times a day, you need a farmer.” #BharatBandh pic.twitter.com/VTY5MNUZAH
— Harjinder Singh Kukreja (@SinghLions) December 8, 2020
— The Vanguard (@SDey83) December 8, 2020
— Gaurav (@s0vietonion) December 8, 2020
Being a son of a farmer and a son of the earth, I support #BharatBandh which is once again a struggle for the protection of the rights and interest of the farmers of our Nation. pic.twitter.com/abnwwKEX9A
— Hansraj Meena (@HansrajMeena) December 7, 2020
Police detained a soldier, who came 2 support #FarmersProtest in Hubballi. He came on leave to his village in Kundagol taluk and took part in #BharatBandh@NewIndianXpress @XpressBengaluru @santwana99 @ramupatil_TNIE @Amitsen_TNIE @PramodKV_TNIE
— Arunkumar Huralimath (@Arunkumar_TNIE) December 8, 2020
— Alka Lamba – अल्का लाम्बा ??? (@LambaAlka) December 8, 2020
Now you have to decide whether you are with that Modi who thinks only for Adani and Ambani or you are with the farmer of the country who works day and night to grow food for the country and feed the nation!
— Deepak Khatri (@Deepakkhatri812) December 8, 2020