Mumbai: Three alliance partners Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress have called for Maharashtra bandh on Monday to protest the killing of farmers in Lakhimpur Kheri in Uttar Pradesh.
Maha Vikas Aghadi leaders said they called for a state-wide bandh to show that Maharashtra is with the farmers and will remain with them. The bandh came into effect from midnight on Sunday. Essential service providers such as hospitals, ambulances, medical stores and milk supply vehicles will continue to operate.
“Democracy has been murdered in broad daylight in Uttar Pradesh. How can BJP leaders kill peaceful protesting farmers? This is arrogance of power and people will teach them a lesson in the upcoming elections,” said senior Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut.
He said that all the associates of Maha Vikas Aghadi and their workers would participate in the protest to express solidarity with the farmers. “The BJP government is an anti-farmer government. It is adamant and therefore does not withdraw the anti-farmer laws in spite of the historical agitations carried out by the farmers. The whole world paid attention to the peasant movements but not to the ruling party. In fact, instead of showing any sympathy, the BJP leaders killed the farmers. It’s like rubbing salt on a wound,” Raut said.
Nationalist Congress Party’s chief spokesperson Nawab Malik said that he has appealed to the people to take part in the statewide bandh by closing their shops. “All of us should come together in the larger interest of farmers. Farmer is the backbone of Indian economy. They have to survive. We should put off our work for a day for their sake. The workers of the three parties will request shops, establishments and people to support the farmer. The shopkeepers themselves should keep the shops closed for a day,” the NCP leader said.