Thiruvananthapuram: After a long hiatus, a state-wide ‘hartal’ has been called for in the state on September 27. The 12-hour-long lockdown declared by the Trade Unions is part of the Bharat Bandh announced on the same day by the farmers’ unions in support of the protest against the Union government.
As usual, essential services like milk, newspaper, ambulance, medicines, marriages and others will not be affected, leaders R Chandrasekharan, Elamarom Kareem MP, KP Rajendran said.
Farmers from different parts of the country, especially Punjab, Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh, have been protesting at Delhi borders since November last year, demanding repeal of the three contentious farm laws that they fear would do away with the Minimum Support Price system, leaving them at the mercy of big corporations.
"Various political parties are organising their own planning meetings in different states for making ‘Bharat Bandh' on September 27 a success. Various sections of society are stepping forward to express their support and solidarity to the ‘bandh' call. Such is the power of democracy operationalised by the farmers' movement led by Samyukt Kisan Morcha,” Samyukt Kisan Morcha said in a statement.
(With inputs from agencies)