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Farmer’s Protest: Gramin Bharat Bandh and Nationwide Chaka Jam

A few days after the ‘Dilli Chalo’ call by farmers, a breakaway faction of the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) and central trade unions launched their long-announced Gramin Bharat Bandh on Friday. As the Gramin Bharat Bandh began from 6 am and will conclude at 4 pm, farmers joined massive chakka jam on main roads nationwide from 12 pm. In Punjab, most of the state and national highways will be closed for four hours.

SKM member Dr Darshan Pal earlier said that the supply and purchase of vegetables, and other crops will remain suspended. He said village shops, grain markets, vegetable markets, government and non-government offices, rural industrial and service sector institutions and enterprises in the private sector have been requested to remain closed. Public transport will remain off the roads as the roadways employees unions are also a part of this protest call, said Jagmohan Singh Patiala, NCC member, SKM.

After the commencement of ‘Chalo Delhi’, Farmers have gathered in unity for ‘Chaka jam’ and called for ‘Gramin Bharat Bandh’ for their demands.

SKM are a flagship body of over 500 farmer unions under which the agitation against the now-scrapped farm laws was organised. However, it is not taking part in the ‘Dilli Chalo’ protest. While SKM (non-political) is an offshoot of SKM, which was formed in July 2022 due to differences of opinion, most of the unions under KMM are also factions of the SKM.

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