Congress backs farmers’ Bharat Bandh call, to hold protests across country on Dec 8

The Congress on Sunday extended its support to the ‘Bharat Bandh’ called on December 8 by farmer unions against the farm laws. The Congress also announced that it will hold protests across the country at all district and state headquarters in solidarity with the demands of the farmers.

Thousands of farmers from Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and other states have been protesting on various borders of Delhi since November 26. They have said their call for a ‘Bharat Bandh’ on December 8 would be observed with full force.

Addressing the media at the AICC headquarters in Delhi, Congress spokesperson Pawan Khera said, “Congress has decided to support the Bharat Bandh on December 8. We will be demonstrating the same at our party offices. It will be a step strengthening Rahul Gandhi’s support to the farmers. We will ensure that the demonstration is successful.”

Former party chief Rahul Gandhi, through tractor rallies, signature campaigns and Kisaan rallies, has been raising the party’s voice in support of the farmers, he said.

“All our district headquarters and Pradesh headquarters will participate in this bandh. They will hold demonstrations and ensure that the bandh is successful,” Khera said.

“The entire world is witnessing the plight of our farmers. The entire world is seeing the horrible sight of farmers sitting outside the capital in the middle of the night in winters waiting for the government to listen to them,” he said.

Slamming the government for bringing the new farm laws, the Congress asked the Centre what was the hurry in enacting the legislations.

“In the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, the government in June surreptitiously brings ordinances, what was the hurry, the entire country was focussed on the fallout of COVID-19, the economic, social, health fallout, but the government was busy surreptitiously bringing ordinances to help its industrialist-corporate friends,” Pawan Khera alleged.

“Where was the need to bring these legislations so fast, you suspended the opposition parties from Parliament, you did not follow parliamentary procedure and hurried through the passing of the bills, why was the hurry,” he was quoted as saying by PTI.

Pawan Khera alleged that the government did not take the farmers into confidence. He said the government was now “hiding behind” the interest of the farmers. “If you were really bothered about the interest of the farmers, you would have taken their advice before coming up with these legislations,” he said.

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