Amid Bharat bandh called by farmers union against Centre’s agriculture laws on Tuesday, Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra claimed that party workers in Uttar Pradesh are being arrested for supporting farmers.
Taking to micro-blogging site Twitter, she posted several pictures saying that it is a ‘do or die battle’ for the farmers. She added that the Congress workers are with the farmers till their last breath, she tweeted in Hindi.
“Today, Congress workers and officials are being arrested and house arrested all over Uttar Pradesh for supporting the farmers. To save their farming and farmers’ MSP, it is a “do or die” battle for the farmers, sitting in the harsh winters. The Congress workers are with the farmers till their last breath,” she tweeted in Hindi.
In the national capital, the public transport services remained largely unaffected during the Bharat Bandh on Tuesday even though some auto and taxi unions kept their vehicles off the roads in support of the shutdown called by farmers protesting against the new agri laws.’
Kamaljeet Gill, the President of Sarvodaya Driver Association of Delhi which represents drivers working with app-based cab aggregators, claimed most of its members were on strike. “There are around 4 lakh app-based cabs in Delhi-NCR. Most of our members are on strike,” he said.
Many users of app-based cab services though said they did not face much difficulty in booking rides. “The wait time for Ola and Uber was like any other day. I did not have to wait for much or face any issues today,” said Pradip Dubey, a commuter. Autorickshaws were also easily available on the roads, said some other commuters.
Sanjay Samrat, the President of Delhi Taxi Tourist Transporters Association, said drivers associated with several unions including those affiliated to Delhi State Taxi Cooperative Society and Kaumi Ekta Welfare Association were on strike. “Our strike in Support of Bharat Bandh has been successful, claimed Samrat.
The members of striking auto, taxi unions held an ‘Akhand Paath’ at Bangla Sahib gurudwara praying for the wellbeing of farmers and drivers, he said. However, other auto and taxi unions claimed the strike did not have any impact on transport facilities in Delhi.
“All our autos and taxis are running normally and the strike has no impact at all. We support the farmers and their demands, but strike causes problems only to ordinary people,” said Rajender Soni, the general secretary of the Delhi Auto Rickshaw Sangh and Delhi Pradesh Taxi Union.
The auto and taxi services were normal at places like airport, bus stations and railway stations, he claimed. The IGI airport taxi union president Kishanji also said black and yellow taxi services were normal and it was not part of the strike. Agitating farmer unions have threatened to block national highways and occupy toll plazas across the country during their ‘chakka jam’ protest from 11 am to 3 pm as part of their stir.