While dozens of political parties have extended its support and solidarity to the farmers in their Bharat Bandh on Tuesday, the Central ruling BJP had stood firm in voicing against the opposition by claiming that the opposition parties are fueling the protests.
The saffron camp had planned to suppress the Bharat Bandh in the states ruled by the party even as the farmers had unveiled the nationwide bandh on Tuesday which will be taking place from 11 am to 3 pm during which the peasants would demand the Center to repeal the farm laws passed by the government.
Chief Minister of BJP ruling Gujarat Vijay Rupani had said that the farmers and Agricultural Produce Market Committees (APMC) in his state are not supporting the Bharat Bandh and the Chief Minister had further issued warnings that strict action would be slapped on those who are found to be forcefully shut down shops and other establishments in the state.
According to ANI, the Chief Minister said that the shutdown will not be successful in Gujarat and the state government had made arrangements and deployed the security measures to ensure that the state won't witness any untoward incidents under the guise of the shutdown. Along with the Gujarat Chief Minister, other BJP Chief Ministers and the leaders of the Central ruling party had slammed the opposition parties and claimed that the farm reforms would benefit the farmers.
BJP leader and former Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had attacked the Congress party and the Nationalist Congress party for supporting the nationwide strike and Fadnavis said that the opposition parties are agitating with the farmers only with the motive of opposing the Modi-led Central government. By claiming that these opposition parties had supported the provisions like the farm bills previously, the former Maharashtra Chief Minister had charged the opposition parties for its two faces.
Fadnavis further added that the non-BJP parties are supporting the bandh to stir the uproar and maintained that the farmers are well-aware of the double standards of the opposition and they will support the farm laws. Dozens of political parties including Congress, Samajwadi Party, Aam Aadmi Party, DMK, TRS, RJD, and communists had supported the farmers and reserved its participation in the band and the states under the rule of these parties have been holding protests and rallies led by the political parties and unions.
On Monday, Senior BJP leader and Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that the Opposition parties have joined the protests to save their existence in the country as they have been getting rejected repeatedly by the people in the elections. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had also slammed the opposition. It must be noted that the farmers from several parts of the country - majorly from Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, and Uttar Pradesh had gathered in Delhi to protest against the farm bills and the protests had reached 13th straight day on Tuesday.