There is a two-day nationwide strike (Bharat Bandh) going on in India called by a joint forum of central trade unions.
The Bharat Bandh is going to hit various services including banking, trasnportation, railways and power services among others. For Monday and Tuesday, Bharat Bandh protest aims to highlight government’s anti-worker, anti-farmer and anti-national policies.
The Platform of Central Trade Unions and Sectoral Federations and Associations came together to draw attention towards the plight of their lot.
This makes the first major protest that India is witnessing after assembly elections in five states.
In Kerala also, all government offices will remain closed on the first day of Bharat Bandh.
In Bengal, train tracks were blocked by the protesters. Visuals show Left-backed demonstrators on rail tracks gathering at the Jadavpur Railway Station in Kolkata.
Moreover, about 20 crore protesters are expected to join the Bharat Bandh call.
The ministry of power on Sunday issues an advisory to all the state government and electricity authorities.
It asks them to ensure 24*7 power supply. The All India Bank Employees’ Association also said that the bank union demands the government to stop privatisation of public sector banks and strengthen them.
Farmers’ body Samyukta Kisan Morcha also backs the protest call. It is to be noted here that Railways employees and staff in the defence sector may also hold mass mobilisations.
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