Mumbai: The Bharat Bandh called by farmers against the farm laws will begin at 11 am and continue till 3 pm on Tuesday, a spokesperson of the Bharatiya Kisan Union said on Monday.
“We considered the cause of problems for a common man. So, we will start at 11 am so that they can leave for the office on time. Work hours in offices will end by 3 pm,” BKU’s Rakesh Tikait was quoted as saying by news agency ANI. “People can show their card and leave,” Tikait said.
During the strike, they are expected to block roads and services, such as transportation and banking, which may be affected. However, medical services such as ambulances or even weddings will run as usual.
This is a symbolic protest to register our protest. It is to show that we are supporting some policies of the Indian government,” said Tikait.
The next round of talks between the government and the protesting farmers are scheduled for Wednesday. The farmers are protesting against the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020, and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.
Meanwhile, with farmers’ protests intensifying in Delhi, the Delhi Traffic Police advised commuters to move in and out of the capital, using alternative routes to avoid traffic snores. Passengers are likely to be stuck in long traffic snarls as many of the city limits will remain closed for traffic movement, traffic police warned.
The borders that are completely closed are Singhu, Tikri, Auchandi, Jharoda, Piao Maniyari, and Mangesh in outer and south-western parts of the city and the Chilla border, connecting Delhi and Noida, in east Delhi.