Bharat bandh was a ‘super bandh’, claims farmer leaders

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Farmer union leaders said on Tuesday their ‘Bharat Bandh’ against the Narendra Modi’s new farm laws was “successful” and had an impact in atleast 25 states.

Addressing reporters at a protest site on the Singhu border, protest leaders said the “super bandh made the NDA government open its eyes and ears.”

According to Haryana Bharatiya Kisan Union president Gurnam Singh Chaduni, the Bharat Bandh was ‘super bandh’ from Kashmir to Kanyakumari.

They also said the protesting farmers from Punjab and Haryana did not go to Burari ground as it is an “open jail” and demanded that Ramlila Ground be given to them.

“We don’t want to trouble the people of Delhi and Haryana,” Punjab Kisan Union president Ruldu Singh Mansa said.

Meanwhile, the sixth round of talks between farmer leaders and the government scheduled for tomorrow has been canceled, All India Kisan Sabha general secretary Hannan Mollah told reporters after union leaders met home minister Amit Shah. Mollah said the government will instead send a proposal for the consideration of farmers and the unions will hold a meeting to discuss the same.

Shah met the farmer leaders at the Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR) office in Delhiā€™s Pusa.

Before the meeting farmer leader Rudru Singh Mansa had said they would press for just a “yes or no” answer to their demand of repealing the new farm laws.