Amidst intense farmer protests against the controversial farm laws, farmer leaders on Friday called for a Bharat Bandh on December 8. The move comes after repeated talks between the government and farmer unions.
Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU-Lakhowal) General Secretary, Harvinder Singh Ladkhwal stated that “Yesterday, we told the Government (at the meeting) that the farm laws should be withdrawn. We have given a call for Bharat Bandh on 8 December.”
Speaking from the Singhu border, Hannan Mollah, General Secretary, All India Kisan Sabha added, “We need to take this protest forward. Government has to take back the farm laws.”
Marathon talks between the ruling party and protesting farmer unions on Thursday failed to end the agitation over the new farm laws as protestors refused to budge on their demands and vowed to renew demand for MSP guarantee and the repealing of farm laws during a meeting scheduled with the government on Saturday.
Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar has repeatedly assured the group of nearly 40 farmer leaders on behalf of the government that all their valid concerns would be discussed and heard with an open mind, but the farmers have stuck to their demand of repealing the three “hastily-passed” farm laws till now, saying there were several loopholes and deficiencies in the bills.