The Centre has asked all states and Union Territories to tighten security during Tuesday’s ‘Bharat Bandh’ called by the farmers unions and supported by opposition parties, while asserting that peace and tranquility must be maintained on that day, officials said.
In a countrywide advisory, the Union home ministry also said the state governments and UT administrations must ensure that the COVID-19 guidelines issued with regard to health and social distancing are strictly followed.
“Our protest is peaceful & we’ll continue that way. Tomorrow’s #BharatBandh is from 11 am to 3 pm. It is a symbolic protest to register our opposition. It is to show that we don’t support some of the policies of the Govt of India” said Rakesh Tikait, Spokesperson, Bharatiya Kisan Union
The states and UTs were told that peace and tranquility must be maintained during the ‘Bharat Bandh’ and precautionary measures taken so that no untoward incident takes place anywhere in the country, a home ministry official said on Monday.
The ‘Bharat Bandh’ has been called by the farmers unions who have been protesting the three farm laws enacted in the Monsoon Session of Parliament. Major political parties, such as the Congress, Nationalist Congress Party, Shiv Sena, AAP, Dravida Munnetra Kazagham, Samajwadi Party, Telangana Rashtra Samithi and Left, on Sunday came out in strong support of the bandh.