Mumbai: As farmers protested the one-day India bandh against the new agricultural laws of the Center, Union Home Minister Amit Shah called them for talks at 7 pm today. In particular, Shah is in talks with protesters ahead of the sixth round of talks with the centre.
“I received a phone call. Amit Shah has called a meeting. We have been called at 7 pm,” said farmer leader Rakesh Tikait.
The Home Minister’s invitation to interact with farmers came on a day when he has called for a nationwide India bandh, which has affected road and rail traffic in some parts of the country.
Nationwide India bandh – from 11 am to 3 pm – focuses mainly on “Chakka Jam” (no driving). However, its effect on vehicular movement is yet to be seen.
The call of various opposition political parties was supported in Punjab, Delhi, Rajasthan, Kerala, Jharkhand, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Telangana, and Puducherry.
The call for ‘bandh’ on interstate bus services had some impact and in the wake of nationwide protests, passengers reached railway stations a little earlier.