Opposition parties across India including the People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration, the Communist Party of India, Communist Party of India(Marxist), Communist Party of India(Marxist Leninist), Revolutionary Socialist Party, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), Rashtriya Janata Dal, Socialist Party, the All India Forward Bloc and the Congress have all come out in support for the Bharat Bandh called by farmers on December 8, reported ANI.
The Rashtriya Loktantrik Party from Rajasthan and ally of the NDA has also expressed its support for the Bharat Bandh called by farmers, reported ANI.
Hanuman Beniwal, RLP leader and MP from Rajasthan also requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take back the farm laws, reported ANI. Beniwal further stated that his party would take a call on whether to stay in the National Democratic Alliance, following the December 8 bandh.
Farmers protest against the recently passed Farm Laws by the Central government entered the eleventh day on Sunday. Farmer leaders met with representatives of the Centre on Saturday and requested for the withdrawal of what they have termed as ‘black laws’.
During the meeting on Friday, farmers went on a “maun vrat” (vow of silence), seeking a reply in ‘yes’ or ‘no’ on their key demand of repealing the three farm laws.
Following the fifth round of talks, farmer leaders and the central government, decided upon conducting further talks on December 9.
Meanwhile, Farmers have continued their sit-in protest at Singhu (Haryana-Delhi border) and the Tikri border.
Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Saturday had requested farmers to stop protesting and come to the discussion table. He further said, “I want to request protesting farmers to give up their movement so that they don’t face inconvenience in this cold weather and citizens of Delhi can also live a life of convenience.”
The three farm acts, namely the Farmer’s Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020, were enacted in September.