As several organizations expand their support for Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) ‘s call for a Bharat Bandh on Monday, to mark the first anniversary of the three “controversial” agricultural laws winning presidential assent, traffic in the city of Bengaluru is on the rise. likely to take a hit.
In addition to the farmers ‘unions, the All India Bank Officers’ Confederation, the All India Center of Trade Unions (AICTU), rickshaw drivers and the state congressional unit provided support for the protest.
An agricultural leader, Kodihalli Chandrashekar, said between 8,000 and 10,000 farmers, fruit and vegetable vendors are likely to participate in Monday’s unrest. “We are going to take a procession out of the KR Puram market to the town hall,” he added.
Sources said farmers planned to block roads at points of entry and exit to the city from 8 a.m. on Monday. The associations called on their supporters to rally on Mysuru-Bengaluru Road, Bengaluru-Hyderabad Road and Bengaluru-Chennai Road, among other highways.
Left-wing parties like the Communist Party of India (Marxist), the Communist Party of India, the All India Forward Bloc, the Revolutionary Socialist Party and the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) have also lent their support to the bandh.
Bengaluru Traffic Police banned traffic on KG Road via Halasur Gate Police Station and Nrupatunga Road on Monday. City police commissioner Kamal Pant said protests can be organized legally, but cops will take tough action on protesters if they block traffic. The City Army Reserve (CAR), Karnataka State Reserve Police (KSRP) and City Police will be deployed throughout the city from the early hours of Monday.
During the recent assembly session, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai called the farmers’ protests outside Delhi “sponsored by Congress,” which led to heated exchanges between the ruling BJP. and opposition in the House.
The Associated Directorates of Karnataka Primary and Secondary Schools (KAMS) extended their support for the bandh but said schools would operate normally on Monday as students have already missed classes due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Likewise, the KSRTC and BMTC Employees Union, Hotel Owners Association, Truck Owners Association and Taxi Owners Association said they supported the protest but would continue to operate on Monday. because they had not yet recovered from the losses suffered during the pandemic. and the resulting blockages.
Namma Metro is also likely to operate as usual during the Monday bandh.