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Congress backs farmers' call for 'Bharat Bandh' on December 8

While the farmers are adamant on their demand for a repeal of the 3 farms laws, the government is agreeable to make suitable amendments to the same.

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Congress backs farmers' call for 'Bharat Bandh' on December 8
Farmers sitting at Singhu border during their protest against the farm law, in New Delhi on Saturday. (ANI Photo)
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With protesting farmer unions calling for a 'Bharat Bandh' on December 8 even as several rounds of their talks with the Centre remain inconclusive, the opposition Congress on Sunday said that the party supports the proposed nationwide shutdown to protest against the three central farm laws.

The Congress also said that its leader Rahul Gandhi has been on the forefront in opposing these contentious laws through signature campaigns and tractor rallies in Punjab and Haryana in the past.

"The Congress supports the call for the 'Bharat Bandh' called by farmers. It is evident is that the BJP has committed fraud against the people. While claiming that 'acche din' or good days are coming, they have clearly let it out that good times are only for a select few," Congress spokesperson Pawan Khera 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.

Khera alleged that the government did not take the farmers into confidence and 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.

The next meeting for the sixth round of parleys between farmer leaders and the Centre is scheduled in Delhi for December 9.

While the farmers are adamant on their demand for a repeal of the three farms laws enacted in September, the government is agreeable to make suitable amendments to the same.

The farmers are protesting against the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020; Farmers Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020; and The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act 2020.

As the government has not so far been able to come up with a satisfactory resolution to the demands of farmers, the latter have warned to intensify their protests till the three laws that they dubbed "anti-farmer" were not repealed.

(With agency inputs)

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