Farmers are on the road in many states of the country during the Bharat Bandh called in protest against agricultural bills. Apart from Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Bihar are also showing strong protest against these bills. The Indian Farmers Union, Revolutionary Marxist Party of India has blocked the Amritsar-Delhi National Highway in Phillaur, Jalandhar.
This agitation of farmers is also supported by most opposition political parties. Several other parties including Congress, Samajwadi Party, Trinamool Congress, Aam Aadmi Party have called shoulder to shoulder with the farmers, calling for a declaration against these bills.
Farmers are already going on strike in many places in Punjab and in such a situation when the Modi government is adamant about these bills, it means that in the coming days, the movement of farmers will intensify.
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has said that the state government stands with the farmers’ organizations and no FIR will be lodged against the farmers for breaking section 144. But in the neighboring state of Haryana, the BJP-JJP government is in favor of these bills and against the farmers’ movement, so there are situations of confrontation here.
The politics of Haryana has been hot since lathicharge on farmers in Kurukshetra a few days ago. There is a demand for FIRs against policemen who lathi-charge farmers. Apart from Punjab and Haryana, the governments of the remaining states including Uttar Pradesh have also made complete preparations in view of the farmers’ movement.
Rage in NDA
The Modi government is surrounded by agricultural bills. Apart from the vigorous agitation of farmers in Punjab and Haryana, the old NDA ally Shiromani Akali Dal has resigned Harsimrat Kaur Badal, a minister in the government. Apart from this, the Jananayak Janata Party (JJP), which is running the government in collaboration with the BJP in Haryana, is also in a tizzy about what to do. Because the party has the support of the farmers and they are under pressure to get out of the government on these bills.