Standstill at Pondicherry as response to Bharat Bandh

Shops showcasing streets of Pondicherry town remained shuttered completely today. Several walls had freshly pasted posters, calling for the nationwide one-day protest marking the anniversary of three farmer’s laws enacted by Narendra Modi government.

The Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM), a coalition of farmers unions across India, had given a 10-hour long shutdown call, from 6 in the morning to 4 in the evening. More than 23 states participated in solidarity with the farmers’ year-long protest against three farm laws that would break the rural agricultural economy.

Pondicherry today staged a successful Bharat Bandh; despite being ruled by a BJP coalition, the union territory could register its dissent over the farm laws in a peaceful manner.

Apart from public buses from Tamil Nadu, private buses and shops remained closed. The traders of the town, small and big, have both cooperated with the one-day national strike.

“With 13 protesting centres, roadblocks and rallies went successful. More than 3000 protesters were detained and later released after following due norms,” said Praveen, SFI district secretary.

The protest had participation from all opposition parties, including Congress, Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi, left parties CPIM and CPI and their students’ organisations came in numbers.