New Delhi, Jun 8: Farmers’ organisations on Friday announced to hold a nationwide strike – Bharat Bandh – on June 10 to mark the end of their 10-day agitation that started on June 1. Farmers have been protesting in parts of Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Rajasthan. Their demands include farm loan waiver, free power, and implementation of the Swaminathan committee that recommended 50 per cent profit to farmers for their produce. Also Read - Bharat Band: Agitating Farmers Make Way For Ambulances, Ensure Peaceful Protest | Watch Viral Videos
Shiv Kumar Sharma of Rashtriya Kisan Mazdoor Sangh also said they will work to make the June 10 strike a success. “We have given a call for a Bharat Bandh and asked all those living in 6 lakh villages of the country not to supply anything in the towns. We have also requested traders to keep their shops closed till 2 pm in our support,” Sharma told a newspaper. Farmers’ protest lost steam after their bid to block the supply of milk, vegetables and other essential items to cities was thwarted by police. Also Read - India's Covid Vaccine Latest News: Phase-3 Trial of Covaxin to Begin in UP's Lucknow, Gorakhpur From October
Bharatiya Kisan Union Madhya Pradesh general secretary Anil Yadav admitted the impact of the protest was not as expected in Madhya Pradesh. He said it was the fear of the police which led to the failure of the agitation. “The farmers do not want to get into the wrong books of police. Thousands have been forced to sign bonds of Rs 25,000 and BJP workers among the farmers and members of the RSS-backed Bharatiya Kisan Sangh were active in sabotaging the strike,” Yadav was quoted as saying. Also Read - Farm Bills 2020: BJP to Hold 15-Day Awareness Campaign in Seven States From Today
In Gujarat, where the opposition Congress extended support to farmers’ protest, peasants threw vegetables and spilled milk on roads, mostly in Saurashtra, central and north Gujarat. The leader of opposition Paresh Dhanani in the state said the Congress will hold dharnas and hunger strike on June 10 to support farmers’ stir. In Uttar Pradesh’s Amroha, farmers threw tomatoes on road and vowed to make June 10 Bharat Bandh a success by not allowing movement of any goods.