The Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), which is leading the kisan agitation at this time, had given a call to observe Bharat bandh from 6 am to 6 pm on March 26, to mark four months of the agitation at Delhi’s three borders — Singhu, Ghazipur and Tikri.
On the same day, trade unions and workers’ organisations across the country had announced Bharat Bandh to oppose the newly enacted labour codes and the rapid privatization of public sector enterprises and other valuable assets of our people.
Despite heavy deployment of police and paramilitary forces at the border protest sites and restrictions on people entering or leaving the area, kisans marked Bharat Bandh with great resolve. They pledged to continue the struggle until the anti-kisan laws are repealed and a law guaranteeing state procurement of all crops at remunerative MSPs is introduced. They expressed solidarity with workers across the country in their struggle against the attacks on their livelihood and rights.
With Holi festival just a few days away, the protesting kisans used the occasion to celebrate their unity and determination with traditional festivities.
At the Ghazipur protest site, a group of kisans from Sambhal district of western UP joined the protest with dhols and tasha. Protestors celebrated with dancing to the beat of lively music and other cultural programs.