Berhampur: Hundreds of Left and Congress activists in Odisha on Tuesday participated in the ‘Bharat Bandh’ called by the farmers against three farm laws by the Centre.
Normal life was affected across the state as eight political parties, including the Congress, Left parties and various farmer organisations and trade unions supported the Bharat Bandh.
Due to the protest, several banks, government offices and business establishments remained closed at many places. Vehicular movement on many routes disrupted with agitators blocking them by burning tyres.Roads wore a deserted look in several parts of Odisha.Public transportation services were affected as the protesters held picketing at the railway stations and bus stops in Bhubaneswar,Berhampur, Rourkela, Rayagada, and several other places. The farmers and political activists also resorted to “rail roko”, affecting the train movement in the state.
Eight political parties including the Congress are supporting the Bharat Bandh in Odisha. The Federation of All Odisha Traders Association have also extended its support to the farmers’ cause.
In view of the protest, the state government has announced that all government offices will remain closed.It asked the district collectors to take all preventive measures to maintain law and order and to ensure maintenance of essential services in the districts in view of Bharat Bandh.MoBus service remained suspended in view of the nation-wide call for shutdown, informed Capital Region Urban Transport.
The protesters staged road blockade at several places across the state. The Congress workers also carried out bike rallies. Agitators sought, more than 60 per cent of people depend on agriculture activities in the country. The country would not progress if their economy is affected. We want to repeal the farm laws.
In Berhampur adequate police deployed around the city to maintain the law and order.