Rail and road transport to be affected
On Friday, over two dozen farmers‘ organisation all across the country protested against the farm bills passed by the Parliament. They were supported by 18 political parties including Congress. Punjab and Haryana have been the epicenter of the protests.
All India Farmers Union (AIFU), Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU), All India Kisan Mahasangh (AIKM), and All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC) have called for a nation-wide bandh. Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, and Maharashtra farmer bodies have also called for a shutdown.
RSS-affiliated farmers’ organizations like Bhartiya Kisan Sangh and Swadeshi Jagran Manch are not taking part in today's protest but have demanded an amendment to the legislation.
Political Parties supporting Bharat Bandh
Congress on Thursday supported the protests and the announcement of Bharat Bandh. A total of 18 parties, including AAP, Congress, the Left parties, NCP, DMK, SP, Trinamool Congress, RJD, have asked the President not to sign the bills. Punjab CM, Amarinder Singh have urged farmers to maintain law and order and follow the Covid-19 safety measures. The Chief Minister announced that no FIR will be registered for the violation of Section 144 during the protest.
Train Services to be affected
From September 24 to 26, fourteen special passenger trains running from the railways' Ferozepur division have been cancelled on account of the farmer's three day rail roko protest. The trains that were canceled include Golden Temple Mail (Amritsar-Mumbai Central), Jan Shatabdi Express( Haridwar-Amritsar), New Delhi-Jammu Tawi, Sachkand Express(Nanded-Amritsar), and Shaheed Express(Amritsar-Jaynagar). The farmers have also decided to go for an indefinite rail obstruction from October 1.
Delhi-Haryana border can be sealed
Delhi Police is on high alert as the protesters are supposed to march towards the capital city. The Delhi-Haryana border is likely to be sealed.
3-hour chakka jam all over Punjab
The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) will observe a chakka jam that is road-blockage across Punjab from 11 am to 2 pm in all constituencies.