The urban areas of Cachar district were partially effected by today’s Bharat Bandh that largely remained a non-issue in rural areas of most of India. The picketers were hard to be found in the town areas. However, young boys were also found playing cricket on the main roads in Silchar, which is a very normal view during strikes in the district.
The Bharat Bandh today was called by farmer associations in protest against the Farm Bills brought in by the Modi government. The farmers from Punjab, Haryana, and UP have kept some of the major entry points to Delhi blocked and are protesting against the government decision. The farmers are demanding that the central government should rollback the 3 Farm Bills that were passed very recently in the parliament. They are also demanding written assurance on MSP, which they fear would be abolished.
The government has time and again been claiming that the opposition has misguided the farmers on the issue. It has asked the farmers to prescribe amendments, which shall be implemented by the government. However, the farmers remain strongly resolved for not asking for any amendment but the total nullification of the three Farm Laws.
The farmer protests and their Bharat Bandh of Tuesday was supported by 14 different organisations of Assam, which includes AIUDF, Congress, Left parties and organisations, Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti and Auto-Rickshaw Drivers Union.