Gwalior/ Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh): The one-day All India ‘Bandh’ being called by Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) has begun in Madhya Pradesh on Monday. It started at 6AM and will conclude at 6PM.
The Bandh is being supported by all opposition parties in Madhya Pradesh. The members and leaders of opposition parties are participating in rallies and sit-ins being held in different cities of the state.
Though, SKM has urged citizens and shop owners of Madhya Pradesh for a complete one day Bandh, a mixed response is being seen in Madhya Pradesh.
While shops in some cities including Gwalior are shut down by shopkeepers, markets are open in other cities including Bhopal and Indore.
In Gwalior, confrontation between farmer organizations and BJP supporters was reported during a rally being taken out the organization, seeking supports from shopkeepers for Bandh. The BJP supporters alleged that farmers were shutting down shops forcefully.
In Bhopal, a sit-in is being held at Karond Krishi Mandi. The protest began at 6 AM and it will conclude at 6PM.
Heavy police force has been deployed in the area. The police have put barricades on all the roads going outside the Mandi on Monday.
Former Madhya Pradesh chief minister and senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh is also taking part in the sit-in being held by the farmers at Karond Krishi Mandi.
State President of Madhya Pradesh Bhartiya Kisan Union, Anil Yadav said that farmers had sought support from all the citizens and shopkeepers of the state. “We have planned a peaceful Bandh. But, the police have put barricades all around the Mandi. The government is trying to suppress our voice,” he told journalists.
The Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) has called for a 'Bharat Bandh' to mark the first anniversary of the enactment of the three farm laws.
Though the commercial activities and shops in various parts of the country are shut, there is no effect of Bandh in Bhopal and other cities of the state.