Maharashtra’s ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) allies have called for a state-wide bandh on Monday in protest of the violence in Uttar Pradesh’s Lakhimpur Kheri.
The ruling party’s allies, the Shiv Sena, the National Congress Party, and Congress, have called for a shutdown.
The Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) administration in Maharashtra has appealed to the public to support the state-wide bandh declared by them on Monday to condemn the murders of four farmers in Uttar Pradesh’s Lakhimpur Kheri.
On Sunday, NCP spokesman and state minister Nawab Malik said, “The state-wide bandh will begin at 12 midnight.”
Workers from the Shiv Sena, NCP, and Congress are interacting with citizens to urge them to join the bandh entirely and show unity with farmers, he said.
“Through three newly established farm regulations, the BJP-led federal government has facilitated the looting of agricultural produce, and now the clan of one of its ministers is killing farmers. We must stand in solidarity with the farmers “he stated
According to the NCP leader, the MVA requests that Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Misha be fired.
“The minister’s son was only arrested after the Supreme Court intervened,” he explained.
Ashish Mishra, the son of a Union minister, was arrested by police in Lakhimpur Kheri on Saturday night in connection with the violence that occurred there on October 3. After charges that he was in one of the vehicles that mowed down four farmers opposing UP Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya’s visit last Sunday, he was named in a FIR.
Meanwhile, Maharashtra Congress president Nana Patole announced that his party’s members and leaders would observe “maun vrat” (vow of silence) outside the Raj Bhavan in Mumbai to show their displeasure.
“We urge all Congress employees and supporters to join the bandh and ensure its success,” he said.
Sanjay Raut, a Rajya Sabha member from the Shiv Sena, stated on Saturday that his party would join the bandh in full force. He had also stated that people needed to be awakened to the central government’s “anti-farmer” policies.
The three ruling allies have made it clear that the bandh was called by the parties, not by the state administration.
The Kisan Sabha has expressed its support for the bandh, saying that its employees in 21 districts throughout the state are cooperating with like-minded organisations to ensure a positive reaction to the strike.
Meanwhile, the Mumbai Police Department has stated that on Monday, it will deploy all available manpower on the streets to prevent any untoward incidents during the Maharashtra bandh.
“For the ongoing Navratri festival security, three companies of the State Reserve Police Force (SRPF), 500 Home Guard personnel, and 400 men from the Local Arms groups have already been deployed. However, with the bandh in mind, Mumbai Police will deploy all available resources to deal with any problem. On Monday, police bandobast will be (intensified) on the streets “On Sunday, a police official stated.