Patna: Mahagathbandhan parties, the opposition alliance, in Bihar have announced their support for Bharat Bandh on September 27 against the farm laws. Thousands of workers along with leaders of Mahagathbandhan are expected to take to the streets on Monday to ensure the success of the Bandh.
The Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM)- a collective of farmers' organisations- has called for a Bharat Bandh on September 27 "to mark the completion of 10 months of protest at the borders of the national capital against the three Central farm laws."
Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejashwi Yadav, who is also the Leader of Opposition in the Bihar Assembly, said that all parties of Mahagathbandhan will actively support the Bharat Bandh.
Yadav held a meeting with the leaders of Mahagathbandhan and said, “It was decided to actively support Bharat Bandh. We will join protests with the farmers for their rights and livelihood."
CPI (M) leader Ganesh Prasad Singh said that Mahagathbandhan, along with other unions, would work to ensure the success of the Bandh.
“All the trade unions of the left parties including CITU have been working on the ground to make Bharat Bandh a historic one," Singh said.
Senior CPI (ML) leader Dhirendra Jha said that different organisations of the party have been mobilising farmers and other sections of the society to ensure their participation in the Bandh.
”People including farmers, workers, youths and housewives are unhappy and angry on the ground due to anti-people policies of the BJP-led central government. We are getting overwhelming response from all sections for Bharat Bandh," Jha said.
RJD MLA Bhai Virendra said party leaders and workers will hit the streets in support of the Bandh to express their solidarity with farmers, who have been fighting against farm laws. ”We will block roads, railway tracks and appeal to shop owners to shut down their shops in the markets for a day to support the demand of farmers."
Mahagathbandhan comprises the RJD, Congress and the Left parties – Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPIM), Communist Party of India-Marxist Leninist (CPIML) and Communist Party of India (CPI).