MUMBAI: Three aides of the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government in Maharashtra have appealed to the people to wholeheartedly support the state-wide bandh called on Monday to protest the killing of four farmers at Lakhimpur Kheri in Uttar Pradesh.
The ruling allies Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress have called for a bandh.
“The statewide bandh will begin at 12 midnight,” NCP spokesperson and state minister Nawab Malik said on Sunday.
He said that the workers of Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress are meeting the citizens with an appeal to participate whole heartedly in the bandh and express their solidarity with the farmers.
“The BJP-led central government has allowed looting of agricultural produce through three new agricultural laws and now its minister’s kin are killing farmers.
We have to show solidarity with the tenants.”
The NCP leader said the MVA has demanded that Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Misha be sacked.
“The minister’s son was arrested only after the intervention of the Supreme Court,” he said.
Union Minister’s son Ashish Mishra was arrested by the police on Saturday night in connection with the October 3 violence in Lakhimpur Kheri.
He was named in an FIR after allegations that he was one of the vehicles that rammed four farmers protesting the visit of UP Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya last Sunday.
Meanwhile, Maharashtra Congress President Nana Patole said that his party workers and leaders will observe a silent fast outside the Raj Bhavan in Mumbai to register their protest.
“We appeal to all Congress workers and people to participate in the bandh and ensure its success,” he said.
Shiv Sena Rajya Sabha member Sanjay Raut had said on Saturday that his party would take part in the bandh with full force.
He had also said that it is necessary to awaken the people against the ‘anti-farmer’ policies of the central government.
The three ruling allies have made it clear that the bandh was not sponsored by the state government, but was called by parties.
The Kisan Sabha has extended its support to the bandh and said that its workers in 21 districts of the state are coordinating with like-minded organizations so that the bandh gets a good response.