Mixed response to bandh in Pune as MVA parties, others take to the streets
Maharashtra government alliance partners Vikas Aghadi (MVA) in power, along with several other political parties, took to the streets of Pune and brandished slogans against the BJP-led government at the Center during a day of a day called Monday to condemn the murder of farmers. in Lakhimpur Kheri, Uttar Pradesh, allegedly by the vehicle belonging to the son of a Union Minister.
Pune City Police Co-Commissioner Ravindra Shisave said that although there were demonstrations in some places, the public order situation was peaceful in the city. Police forces of around 5,000 have been deployed to important locations to secure a peaceful gang, he added. The protests took place largely in the jurisdictions of Bundgarden, Hadapsar, Shivajinagar, Vishrambag and Sinhagad Road police stations.
Officials said the bandh received a mixed response as although the stores in Market Yard and Lakshmi Road were closed in the morning, most resumed after 4 p.m.
Activists from MVA parties – the Congress, the Shiv Sena and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) – handed over their demands memorandum to the Pune district collector.
Sanjog Waghere, chairman of NCP’s Pimpri-Chinchwad unit, said: “People voluntarily kept their shops and offices closed until late afternoon. The PMPML buses did not run on the roads either. Even several small industries remained closed.
Other parties that participated in the protest included the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), CPM and Janta Dal (secular) as well as social organizations such as Shetkari Bachav Kriti Samiti, Hamal Panchayat, Rickshaw Panchayat, Tempo Panchayat and Chhatrapati Shivaji Market Yard Kamgar. union. At the rally held near the collector’s office, they paid tribute to those who died in the Lakhimpur Kheri incident and jointly read the preamble to the Indian Constitution.
Addressing the rally, Food and Civilian Supply Minister Vishwajeet Kadam said everyone should support the country’s farmers as they are “mistreated” by the BJP-led government.
“The Union government led by the BJP, through its dictatorship, has enacted anti-farmer laws. Farmers protested against this, but the Prime Minister of the country does not care. However, BJP party activists and supporters of the son of a Union minister crushed the protesting farmers, ”Kadam said.
The voice of farmers is silenced, he said, adding that the citizens of the country cannot be silent when injustices are committed against farmers. “The MVA government had granted a loan waiver to farmers in the state, but the BJP government is trying to destroy the farmers. We must defend farmers because the Union government only works for certain manufacturers. We must work to dislodge the government from the BJP by coming together and fighting against it, ”he said.
The city’s NCP chief Prashant Jagtap said the BJP came to power in the country by making false promises. “They have a program to enrich certain industrialists and make the poor suffer. “Prime Minister Narendra Modi has decided not to listen to farmers and take decisions against them,” he said.
The city’s congressman, Ramesh Bagwe, said his party members were democratically protesting to save the farmers. “We will continue to fight for farmers until they get justice,” he said.
Shiv Sena town chief Sanjay More said the bandh had received a good response from all sections of town society.
Congressman Mohan Joshi said the PMPML bus service was closed while hotels, restaurants and shops were also participating in the bandh, making it a successful effort to condemn violence against farmers.
Meanwhile, the city’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) unit condemned the protest, alleging in a press memo that the opposition parties’ “concern for farmers” is “a fake.