The Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party (YSRCP) Government decided to extend their support to Bharat Bandh on the 26th of March.
According to the sources, the All India United Kisan Morcha and workers of the Visakhapatnam Steel Plant called for a Bharat Bandh on the 26th of March against the three farm laws.
This is the third time the farmers union and association called for a Bharat Bandh against the three farm laws.
The three farm bills are, the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill 2020, the Farmers Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill 2020 (Empowerment and Protection) and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill 2020, were cleared by the President of India.
According to the passed bills, the Minimum Support Price (MSP,) area of trading would be under the purview of the Indian Government
The reason behind the farmers protest is their fear of being at the mercy of corporates or zamindars for crop prices. The new bills would also demolish the Minimum Support Price (MSP) advantages for farmers.
In addition, the last meeting between the Central Government and farmers over the three farm laws was held on the 22nd of January.
Parties like the Telugu Desam Party (TDP,) the Indian National Congress (INC,) the Communist Party of India (CPI,) the CPI (Marxist) and others already extended support for the bandh. Now, on the 23rd of March, the YSRCP also extended their support to the Bharat Bandh.
Informing about the same, Perni Nani, the State Information and Transport Minister of Andhra Pradesh said, the YSRCP Government decided to stop the State run buses. The Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) buses would be suspended from morning 6:00 A.M., till afternoon 1:00 P.M.
The decision to support VSP workers and farmers in the protest was taken by Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh. With this, the A.P., CM also clarified his stance that he is against the VSP privatisation and supports workers, protesting.
However, the YSRCP Minister demanded for a peaceful and smooth protest on the 26th of March.