New Delhi: Intensifying their agitation against the newly enacted three farm laws, the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), a front of protesting farmer unions, has appealed to the citizens of the country to make the March 26 Bharat Bandh a complete success. Issuing a statement, the SKM said that the farmers have been protesting on the borders of Delhi for the last four months and instead of accepting their demands, the government is discrediting them completely.Also Read - Punjab: Toll On Muktsar-Kotkapura Highway Made Tax-Free. Here's Why

Not willing to go back from their agitation, the SKM, however, has called for a Bharat Bandh on Friday that is March 26 from 6 AM to 6 PM. During the 12-hour-long Bharat Bandh, the SKM said that all road and rail transport, markets and other public places will be closed across the country. However, the March 26 Bharat Bandh will not be applicable to places where elections are going to be held, it added. Also Read - Bharat Bandh Today: Who Is Calling It and Why

“We appeal to the people of the country to make this Bharat Bandh a success and honour their ‘Annadata’,” farmer leader Darshan Pal said. Also Read - Breaking News Highlights: PM Modi Asks States to Leverage Centralised Gati Shakti Sanchar Portal

Prior to this, farmer leader Buta Singh Burjgill had said that the farmers will observe a complete Bharat bandh on March 26, when their protest against the three farm laws completes four months. The peaceful bandh will remain effective from morning till evening, he had said.

The farmers leaders said that copies of the new farm laws will be burnt during ‘Holika Dahan’ on March 28.

YSRCP extends support to Bharat Bandh

In the meantime, the ruling YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) in Andhra Pradesh has extended support to the Bharat Bandh on March 26 which is being observed to protest against the Centre’s decision to privatise Visakhapatnam Steel Plant (VSP). Because of the Bharat Bandh, all government institutions in the state will be open after 1 PM and RTC buses will operate in the afternoon. During the bandh, all the emergency health services will run as usual, it said.

What farmers want? These farmers, mostly from Punjab, Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh, have been camping at the Delhi border points — Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur — for over four months, demanding the repeal of farm laws and a legal guarantee on the minimum support price (MSP) for their crops. Moreover, they have expressed apprehension that these laws would pave the way for the dismantling of the MSP system, leaving them at the “mercy” of big corporations.

Shops in Ghaziabad may stay open: A meeting was organised at the collectorate chaired by ADM (City) Shailendra Kumar Singh on Wednesday to discuss the upcoming ‘Bharat Bandh’ called by farmers’ unions on March 26, officials said. General Secretary of Mahanagar Vyapar Mandal Ashok Chawla told PTI that the association would remain neutral during the ‘Bharat Bandh’. No association would force anybody to close their shops or compel them to keep it open as traders are free to take decisions on their own, Chawla added.