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Farmers' union Samyukt Kisan Morcha calls for Bharat bandh on September 25

 Addressing a press conference at Delhi's Singhu border, Ashish Mittal from SKM said, "We are calling for a 'Bharat bandh' on September 25.”
 

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Bengaluru, First Published Aug 27, 2021, 6:53 PM IST
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Spearheading the farmers protest against the three farm laws, Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) on Friday announced a Bharat bandh on September 25 to intensify the farmers’ struggle against three central agri-marketing laws.

Addressing a press conference at Delhi's Singhu border, Ashish Mittal from SKM said, "We are calling for a 'Bharat bandh' on September 25.”

"This is happening after a similar 'bandh' was organised on the same date last year, and we hope that it would be more successful than the one last year which was held amid the coronavirus pandemic,” PTI quoted Mittal as saying.

The President had approved these laws on September 27, 2020, after both houses of Parliament had cleared those. The day will also mark 10 months of the farmers’ protests on the borders of Delhi. The Punjab farmer unions will launch a campaign of protests from October 1, but before that, hold a national mahapanchayat at Muzzarfarnagar on September 5 as part of their Mission Uttar Pradesh to oust the BJP from power in that state.

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The announcement of Bharat Bandh comes just after a two-day national convention of the farmers was held on August 26 and 27.

As per Mittal, farmer representatives from 22 states and 300 farm unions participated in the two-day event.

The government and farmer unions so far have held 11 rounds of talks, the last being on January 22, to break the deadlock on the new laws and end the protest but none have been fruitful and the protest has continued.

Thousands of farmers, mainly from Punjab, Haryana and Western Uttar Pradesh, are protesting at Delhi borders for over eight months, seeking a repeal of these three legislations and a legal guarantee of the minimum support price (MSP).

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