Maharashtra observes sate-wide Bandh today in lieu of farmer’s death in Lakhimpur incident
Lakimpur – In the heat of the Lakhimpur Kheri incident of UP, Maharashtra has declared a state-wide Bandh today. The ruling coalition of Shiv Sena, the National Congress Party, and Congress in Maharashtra have officially declared for the protest against the violence and killing of the farmers in UP.
It was also made clear that police deployment will be increased in Mumbai to fend off any mishap during the bandh. The three ruling allies have clarified that the bandh was not stated government-sponsored, but called by the parties as their genuine concern and to demand justice. They said that there would be no meeting between farmers and the government.
Even after various discussions, the government in UP has failed to resolve the deadlock over the farm laws, the government offered to make amendments to the laws, which the farmers refused to accept, remaining firm on their demand for a scrapping of the contentious laws.
Protestors took an aggressive stance and vandalized eight BEST buses between midnight yesterday and this morning in Dharavi, Mankhurd, Shivaji Nagar, Charkop, Oshiwara, Deonar and Inorbit Mall. Some instances of stone pelting were also reported and as a result, all local bus service in Mumbai was shut down.
Nana Patole, who is the president of Maharashtra Congress mentioned that his party would observe vow of silence outside the Raj Bhavan in Mumbai protesting against the deaths of the farmers. Several organizations have extended support to the bandh. Even extending their support, the Retail Traders Welfare Association (FRTWA) also said in a press statement that it has decided to keep shops shut till 4 pm in support of the Bandh called by the ruling coalition.