Farmers in Punjab and Haryana held massive protests on Friday as part of the call for ‘Bharat Bandh’ against three farm Bills recently passed in Parliament, throwing normal life out of gear for several hours.
In Haryana, farmers braved the sweltering heat and started converging at the highways and other designated protest places and raised anti-government slogans.
Thousands of farmers held massive protests as part of the call for a ‘Bharat Bandh’, blocking highways and railway tracks to register their ire against three farm bills passed by Parliament
Centre BJP led Modi government suspended train services . No untoward incident was, however, reported as of now.
The protesters, which included women and children, blocked highways and main roads, and in some instances parking their vehicles, especially tractors, across the roads to block traffic.
This put road users to great hardship. To avoid any untoward incident, security was tightened at interstate borders and sensitive places.
However, long queues of vehicles were seen on National Highways crossing Punjab and Haryana at many places, with the GT Road being the worst hit due to huge traffic jams in Punjab.
Cutting across party lines, leaders, activists and workers of all parties comprising Congress, Shiromani akali Dal, Aam Aadmi Party and other political outfits joined the protesting farmers and commission agents (aarhtiyas) in lodging a strong protest against the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government at the Centre.
Though they taken their moral support but this farmers’ protests were noteworthy as they refused to allow politicians to sit in with them.