This comes ahead of the Sampurna Bharat Bandh called by the farmer leaders on March 26.
During the nationwide strike on March 26 which also marks four months of the farmers‘ movement, all shops and other business establishments will remain shut for 12 hours, followed by the burning of the copies of the three laws during “holika dehan” on March 28.
“The strike will start from 6 in the morning and will continue till 6 in the evening, during which all shops and dairies and everything will remain closed.
“We will burn the copies of the three laws during Holi and hope that better sense prevails within the government, and it repeals the laws, and gives us a written guarantee for MSP,” said Ranjit Raju of Ganganagar Kisan Samiti addressing a press conference.
All the trade and transport unions, students’, youth women’s unions and other groups on Wednesday also pledged their full support to the ‘bandh’.
(Farmers at Ghazipur border during the ongoing protest against the new Farm Laws)
All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) leader Krishna Prasad said the fact that the movement had managed to continue for as long as 112 days was an achievement in itself, and it would only get stronger from now.
He added that the Bharat Bandh will happen at “state, zila, tehsil and village levels”.
“The protest has been going on for 112 days. That itself is an achievement. Neither you, nor us had thought that we could do this, and the public has shown that it supports us,” he said.
The three farm laws which were enacted in the month of September have been projected by the Centre as major reforms in the agriculture sector that will remove the middlemen and allow farmers to sell their produce anywhere in the country.
The protesting farmers, on the other hand, have expressed apprehension that the new laws would pave way for eliminating the safety cushion of the Minimum Support Price (MSP) and do away with the “mandi” (wholesale market) system, leaving them at the mercy of big corporates.
(With inputs from PTI)