The Shiv Sena, the NCP and the Congress – three coalition partners of the ruling Maha Vikas Agathi (MVA) – have called for a Pune bandh on October 11 to protest “violence by BJP leaders and workers against farmers” in Lakhimpur, Uttar Pradesh. Some other political parties in the city, including the Aam Aadmi Party, will also support the bandh.
The city’s bus service, auto rickshaw service, grocery markets, vegetable markets and merchant shops will be closed during the bandh.
A private vehicle is said to belong to the Union Home Minister Ajay Misra, Eight people were killed on the struggling farmers in Lakhimpur Kerry. The farmers have alleged that the minister’s son was sitting in the vehicle, which ran over the farmers on his instructions and a primary FIR has been registered based on it, ”city Congress leader Ramesh Bakwe told a joint press conference with city NCP chief Prashant Jagtab, city Shiv Sena chief Sanjay More and Aam Aadmi Party representative Sandesh. Dwivedi, Nagar Janata Dal leader Vithal Sadav, Nitin Pawar of the Shetkari Bachav Kriti Samiti, Datta Pakire of the Seva Dal and Niraj Jain of the Lokayat.
It has been five days since the incident but Union Minister’s son Ashish Mishra has not been arrested, they said.
The leaders said on October 11 that it was a bandh to protest against the “dictatorial rule of the Modi government” and its attempt to preserve the constitution.
They condemned the misuse of the Central Intelligence Agency by the “BJP-led central government”.
The Prime Minister and BJP leaders have been silent on the whole incident. The state government passed a resolution condemning the violence against farmers. The bandh has been announced jointly by the Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress across the state.
The bandh is scheduled for Saturday with a joint meeting of the Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress in all the eight assembly constituencies in the city.