Live Updates on Bharat Bandh December 8, 2020

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December 8, 2020 

7 PM

They kept asking us to meet on the 7th. We said you need more time to convince your guru. Now we shall meet Home Minister Amit Shah, who now wants to meet after he had refused to talk to us earlier. We will now ask him what is on his mind. Will he agree to what farmers want? Farmer leaders tell the media before the meeting.


6.55 PM

The Left parties – Communist Party of India (Marxist), Communist Party of India, Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist), Revolutionary Socialist Party and All India Forward Bloc –  have stated called theBharat Bandh called by the united platform of kisan organisations historic. The Bandh received an unprecedented response all over India “in the face of the refusal of the Central Government to withdraw the anti-India, anti-farmer Agri-Laws,” the Left parties issued a statement, adding that “the spontaneous response it received shows the extent of people’s support to the struggle of the kisans of India.” The Left parties “called upon the Central Government to accept the legitimate demands made by this kisan struggle.”

6.50 PM

Sikh, Hindu, Muslim, Christian, we all bleed when we are cut. We are united. We are brothers, we will fight together for our freedom: this farmer citizen says no politician can divide them now.


6.45 PM

Yes or No! there is no midway, says farmer leader Rudru Singh Mansa ahead of the meeting with Home Minister Amit Shah this evening.

6.40 PM 

Let the Govt say they are repealing the farm laws. We go back home: journalist Aman Sharma quotes some Farmer leaders he spoke to today.

6.30 PM

Some farmer leaders are reported to be on their way to meet Home Minister Amit Shah. They told Hindi Khabar that” “Government has woken up after 13 consecutive days of protests and Bharat Bandh, perhaps because they were told that we will not go back..“

6.25 PM

International support for Indian farmers continues to grow, global pressure builds on Indian government to listen to the farmers demands.

6.20 PM

I came here thinking about the future of my children. No farmer, means no food. Money cannot be eaten, everyone needs food. I am not a farmer, I am here to support them: A Delhi resident comes out to share water with those sitting in protest.


6:15 PM

Little effect in relation to the strike was seen in the hill districts of Chamoli, Pauri, Uttarkashi and Rudraprayag while the border district of Pithoragarh observed a complete strike. Shops and business establishments at Jaspur, Kashipur, Bajpur, Gadarpur, Kichcha, Sitarganj, Khatima and Nanakmatta in Udham Singh Nagar district remained shut.

6.10 PM  

This privatisation will engulf even the non farmers, the small traders will be eaten up by big malls of Reliance etc. We thank those who supported us. If you are in trouble tomorrow, we too shall stand with you: Farmer thanking traders of Karnal for supporting Bharat Bandh 


6:05 PM 

Wondering why farmers are calling out Godi media? Here’s an article to show you how farmers’ protests are manipulated by right-wing media.

6:00 PM

We don’t want to go to Burari, give us Ramlila Ground as we don’t want to trouble people of Delhi and Haryana: Farmer leaders to media. As reported by Times of India.

5:55 PM

Opposition parties are likely to meet the President tomorrow. A joint delegation of Rahul Gandhi, Sharad Pawar and others said CPI(M) leader, Sitaram Yechury as quoted by ANI.

5:50 PM

The farmer leaders have agreed to meet the home minister. National spokesperson of Bhartiya Kisan  Union, Rakesh Tilkait said that the farmer leaders will  meet the home minister, Amit Shah, today at 7.

5:47 PM

Tamil Nadu protests at a glance


5:40 PM

Farmers leader Yogendra Yadav declares a successful Bharat Bandh despite the short notice. As per reports, he states complete shutdown in Tripura while in Karnataka nearly 100 talukas were under complete lockdown with other areas in partial lockdown.

5.35 PM

Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan (MKSS) issues statement  in solidarity with farmers, agitating in Delhi against the recent farm laws: “In support of the Bharat Bandh the Mazdoor Kisan Kirana Vyapaar Private Limited (MKKVPL) shops, which are a chain of rural retail stores associated with the MKSS that support fair trade, were closed today. We condemn the undemocratic manner in which these laws were enacted with practically no public consultation or discussions in parliamentary select committees. We are also alarmed at the repressive tactics to suppress farmers’ non-violent protests across the country and the arbitrary imposition of false cases on farmer activists. The conduct of the Central Government so far in this matter has displayed the arrogance of an authoritative administration. As  a member of the Right to Food Campaign, the MKSS recognises that any laws that undermine the mandi system fundamentally threaten the public distribution system (PDS) and the food security of the nation as a whole and especially those who are already very vulnerable.”

Farmers protest

5.30 PM

City limits now seem redrawn. Scene at Singhu Border (Delhi-Haryana)  shows the farmers’ camp as far as the eye can see. One of the biggest, peaceful protests seen in recent time is growing in the most organic way. 


5.25 PM

“We will not allow ‘vote ki kheti’ or ‘farming’ for votes. This is a fight between farmers and the government, a fight to the finish” says this farmer as news spreads of some leaders including BKU leader Rakesh Tikait, meeting Home Minister Amit Shah this evening.


5:20 PM

Visuals of the bandh at Ludhiana, Punjab. People from all walks of life observed the bandh.

Farmers protest

Farmers protest

5.15 PM

Wedding wows! This family hosting a wedding reception says it is only accepting ‘Shagun’ blessings for farmers, not for the bridal couple. Any money collected as ‘Shagun’ at this wedding will be sent to support the farmers with langar, warm clothes and supplies at the Delhi border.

5.10 PM

‘Killed and Wounded’, a lithograph by  Chittaprosad Bhattacharya,  political activist, artist who recorded pivotal political and social movements in the country, such as the Great Bengal Famine of 1943-44. 


5.05 PM

Revolutions inspire poetry, and  music. Perumal Murugan and TM Krishna in solidarity with the farmers.

5 PM

The #EssentialCommoditiesAct was passed in 1955 to prevent hoarding ,speculation & profiteering. This law is famine prevention law: says Dr. Vandana Shiva 

4.55 PM

Watch: Dr Varinder Pal Singh, Principal Soil Chemist PAU Ludhiana, registers his support of the farmers, refuses   to accept Gold Medal and the Golden Jubilee Award for Excellence from the Chemical and Fertiliser minister, GOI.

4:50 PM

Shopkeepers in Sarojini Nagar market tie black ribbons around their arms to show solidarity with farmer’s protests on Bharat Bandh.

Farmers protest

4.45 PM

Farmers work together. No barricade is too big to move. All they want is to be able to reach a protest venue, police put concrete block barricades.

4:35 PM

How well do we understand farming rights in India? Here’s an article on small farmer rights.

4:30 PM

The message is secular. A farmer belongs to all religions. Farmers are exposing those who want to divide-and-rule on religious divides.

4:25 PM

Karnataka police detain a soldier who arrived at Hubli, Karnataka to join farmers’ protest while on leave. Is this how we celebrate Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan?

4:20 PM

You all eat roti, then why stay quiet now? Farmers who grow wheat for your bread need your support today: Wrestler Ritu Phogat punches for farmers.  

4:15 PM

Workers from CEAT Tyres, Bhandup rallies in support of the Farmers for their just demand of scrapping the 3 anti-farm bills and Electricity Bill 2020.


4:10 PM

Subhashini Ali Member Polit Bureau, Communist Party of India (Marxist). Former MP, Lok Sabha. Vice President, All India Democratic Women’s Assn. Former member, NCW shared that Police was  also posted outside the house since morning. She says UP administration held meetings with traders groups to ensure that shops remained open today: 


4:05 PM

People in Barnala, Punjab take to streets in support of farmers.

4:00 PM

Around 100 people protesting at Bilaspur Chowk, Gurgaon has been taken into ‘preventive custody’ by police.

3:55 PM

Haryana Chief Minister, Manohar Lal Khattar arrives in Delhi to meet the Agriculture Minister, Narendra Singh Tomar at his residence.

3:50 PM

Yet another protester Haryana Rajya Sabha MP KK Rageesh was dragged away by Haryana police.

3.47 PM

Breaking: Home Minister #AmitShah to meet protesting farmers at 7 pm today, a day before scheduled sixth round of talks over #farmlaws. Rakesh Tikait, the spokesperson of the Bharatiya Kisan Union, told ANI that farmers’ have a meeting with Union Home Minister #AmitShah at 7 pm today.

3.45 PM

The laws are anti farmer, there is no limit on hoarding by big corporates who will then keep increasing prices based on supply and demand,  there is no MSP, the government must act now. In the laws they have passed there is no reflection of reform. Withdraw the laws, call a session of Parliament and discuss what ‘reforms’ are proposed: Former Haryana chief minister and Congress leader Bhupinder Singh Hooda

3.30 PM

Power of the farmer’s plough! 


3.25 PM:

Markets in Ludhiana show massive support to the Farmers struggles, and have kept shutters down solidarity.

3:20 PM

Shri Bharatbhai Jambucha, a natural farmer from Paniyali village in Bhavnagar and principal partner of Natural Farming Group (Bhavnagar), conveying a message to the country during the Bharat Bandh regarding the demand to repeal all three farm bills. Explaining why these laws should be repealed:

Khedut Samaj Gujarat was live. – Khedut Samaj Gujarat | Facebook

3:15 PM

Visuals from the protest at Muzaffarpur, Bihar.


3:10 PM

Visuals from Tikri border.


Farmers protest

3:05 PM

NH31 completely jammed by members of AISA in Begusarai, Bihar.


3:00 PM

J&K transport welfare association (JKTWA) along with a dozen other political organisations organised a protest from Bikram Chowk to Digyana in Jammu blocking the Jammu Pathankote highway. A dozen social, religious and political organisations have extended support to the bandh call.

2:55 PM

If laws were made only recently, how do they infringe on farmers’ constitutional rights? Here’s an article that explains farmers rights as recognised by the Indian Constitution.

2:50 PM

Upholding their promise of a peaceful protest, farmers allow ambulance to continue work amidst nationwide Bharat Bandh.


2:45 PM

Bhin Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad Ravan has been placed under house arrest in Saharanpur.

Farmers protest

Farmers protest

2:40 PM

Visuals from protests in support of farmers at Meera road, Mumbai.

Farmers protest

Farmers protest

2:35 PM

Doctors at GB Pant hospital, Delhi in solidarity with the farmers.


2:30 PM

Doctors at Guru Govind Singh hospital, Delhi in solidarity with the farmers.

Farmers protest

2:20 PM

“Tomorrow 5-6 people from different political parties are going to sit, discuss and take a collective stand.We have a 5 pm appointment tomorrow with the President. We will present our collective stand before him”, said NCP chief Sharad Pawar.

2:15 PM

When the bills were presented in the parliament, the Opposition portrayed that the government will stop MSP operation and shutdown APMC mandis. The government didn’t do it. In fact, the government assured that MSP operations will be improved further, said Union Minister and BJP leader Smriti Irani.

2:10 PM

Actress Priyanka Chopra reacted to Diljit Donjh’s tweet and said “Our farmers are India’s food soldiers. Their fears need to be allayed. Their hopes need to be met. “As a thriving democracy we must ensure that this crises should be resolved sooner than later.”


2:05 PM

BJP and Congress workers had a tussle at Jaipur. Stones were pelted from both sides.

2:00 PM

Visuals of fish worker women in Palgarh expressing their solidarity ro the farmers.

1:55 PM

Several US lawmakers have voiced their support for farmers agitating in India against the new farm laws and urged that they be allowed to protest peacefully.

“I stand in solidarity with the Punjabi farmers in India protesting for their livelihoods and protection from misguided, manipulative government regulations,” Congressman Doug LaMalfa said on Monday. “Punjabi farmers must be allowed to protest peacefully against their government without fear of violence,” said the Republican lawmaker who represents Californian’s first Congressional district.

India has called the remarks by foreign leaders on protests by farmers as “ill-informed” and “unwarranted” as the matter pertained to the internal affairs of a democratic country.

1:50 PM

Kangana tweeted against Bharat Bandh, said “this boat has faced many a storms”. She has also shared a video along with her tweet in which is seen talking about the protest.


1:45 PM

In Mehsi, East Champaran, CPI-M activists blocked NH28 along with Mahagathbandan allies on the road connecting Muzaffarpur to UP and Nepal.

1:40 PM

Sudhindra Bhadoria, spokesperson of Bahujan Samaj Party said “The same BJP when it was in the opposition was opposing these changes because they were with the farmers. Since they are in power, they are now with the people who have the money bags, the rich and it is for this reason that this bill has been brought and which is against the farmers and therefore we oppose it and we will oppose it tooth and nail,” Mr Bhadoria told ANI.

1:35 PM

Naupada police arrests rasta roko protestors at Express Highway in front of Gyansadhna College.

Farmers protest live blog

1:30 PM

Congress workers block the Chandigarh Zirakpur Highway during Bharat bandh in support of farmers on Tuesday.

1:25 PM

Students on a sit in protest at Sector 17 plaza Chandigarh in support of the farmers.

1:20 PM

The ruling TRS, opposition parties including the Congress and various unions on Tuesday held protests across Telangana as part of the ”Bharat Bandh”.

State Transport Minister Puvvada Ajay Kumar and TRS leader in Lok Sabha Nama Nageswara Rao attended a sit-in protest at Khammam.

State women and child welfare minister Satyavati Rathod and Endowments Minister A Indrakaran Reddy participated in protests at Mahabubabad and Nirmal towns respectively.

1:15 PM

Making the deaf hear: Teesta Setalvad in conversation with Hannah Mollah.

1:10 PM

Anna Hazare begins his one day fast in support of the farmers’ agitation at Padmadevi temple in Ralegam Siddhi.

1:05 PM

Modi government’s anti-farmer policy was protested at Mangatram petrol pump, Bhandup, on the occasion of 8th December India Bandh.

More than a hundred farmer leaders have been taken into preventive detention in Gujarat. Sections 151 and 144 of the Civil Procedure Code have been invoked.

Farmers protest

1:00 PM

Extensive support to the Bharat Bandh of farmers across the country. Farmers start protesting on roads and rail tracks. In Uttar Pradesh, dozens of peasant leaders were arrested, including National Secretary of Kisan Mahasabha Ishwari Prasad Kushwaha. 

Farmers protest

12:55 PM

The National Fishworkers Forum has joined the call sent out by the farmers of India to repeal the newly enacted farm laws. NFF resolves to go ahead with the Samundhar Bandh, unless the Government pays heed to the demands of farmers. 

12:50 PM

Did you check out our video on the youth’s opinion on the protest.

Find out what India’s youngster are saying about the Bharath Bandh

12:45 PM

Visuals from protests at Gujarat.

Farmers protest

Farmers protest

12:40 PM

Activists including Sandeep Pandey detained in Lucknow.

12:35 PM

Singhu border stage following the strike.

Farmers protest

12:30 PM

Following the bandh markets closed at Rewari, Haryana.

Farmers protest

12:20 PM

Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Rawat said “It’s no political Bandh. It’s our sentiment. Farmer organisations agitating in Delhi aren’t carrying any political flag. It’s our duty to stand in unity with farmers and stay connected to their sentiments. There is no politics here and there shouldn’t be.”

“If the government has a heart, be it the Home Minister or the Prime Minister, they themselves will go and talk to them (farmers).

12.15 PM

Protest at Panvel, Shivaji Chowk, Mumbai.

Farmers protest

12:10 PM

Anto Alphonse, DCP, North Delhi says that It is a general deployment to avoid any clash between AAP and any other party. CM has not been put under house arrest.

12:05 PM

UP police gears up ahead of Bharat Band call. In Sitapur, police conducted route march and security placed outside Samajwadi Party office. Similarly, in Lucknow cops stationed outside Charbagh railway station and Rae Bareli police seen patrolling highway in Unchahar.

12:05 PM

UP police gears up ahead of Bharat Band call. In Sitapur, police conducted route march and security placed outside Samajwadi Party office. Similarly, in Lucknow cops stationed outside Charbagh railway station and Rae Bareli police seen patrolling highway in Unchahar.

12:00 AM

The opposition who is asking to roll back these laws is hypocritical as they had passed the contract farming act while in power. Congress has mentioned the introduction of these laws in their manifesto. Says Prakash Javadekar.

11:55 AM

Farmers had demanded remunerative price additional to the cost and we are giving them 50% above the cost. Congress has never offered anything during their tenure. It is PM Modi who is giving this says Union Minister Prakash Javadekar.

11:50 AM

Poster by Apeksha to express support with farmers

farmer protest

11:45 AM

Anirban Ghosh’s wonderful illustration honoring farmers – all farmers.


11:40 AM

AAP’s twitter handle says that the Delhi Police under BJP has put the the Delhi CM, Arvind Kejriwal under House arrest ever since he visited the Singhu Border yesterday. No one has been permitted to leave or enter his residence.

11:35 AM

Visuals of rail roko protests at Habra, West Bengal by AIKKMS activists.




Bandh made successful by AIKKMS, AIKSCC, KRRS, AIKS, Dalits and others 


11:25 AM

Chhavi Mohanty, General Secretary of AIMSS, extends support to the kisan movement.

11:20 AM

Here’s a video clip of Swabhimani Shetkari Sangathan members agitating on rail tracks in Maharashtra’s Jalna district. Protesters were later detained by police.

11:15 AM

Visuals from the protest at Mysore by AIKKMS, RKS, KRRS, KPRS, Dalit organisations and other prominent people.

11:10 AM 

Visuals from the protest at Jajpur Orissa by AIKKMS.


11:05 AM

Visuals from Akole, Ahmednagar market in Maharashtra. Regions with prominent farmers presence across the state have completely shut down areas in support for farmers.

11:00 AM

Markets in Jayanagar area of Bangalore are completely closed. The place is usually bustling with activity at this time of the day.


10:55 AM

Opposition parties at Assam, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Delhi, Punjab, Chattisgarh, Bengal, Maharashtra, Telangana, Jharkhand, Puducherry are backing the bandh.

10:50 AM

Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani gives farmers’ protest a political colour. Farmers’ Unions in the state continue their support for today’s Bharat Bandh.

10:45 AM

Protestors have blocked three highways in rural Gujarat by placing burning tyres on roads as part of the Bharat bandh. The highway connecting Ahmedabad to Viramgam has been blocked near Sanand by protestors from the Congress party. Another group of protestors have blocked a national highway in Vadodra and in another incident a highway Bharuch and Dahej in Bharuch district was similarly blocked.

10:40 AM

Gujarat police impose Section 144 in the state. Are protests no longer a part of a democratic society?


10:35 AM

Security heightened in Patna in the wake of Bharat bandh called by farmer unions.

10:30 AM

Railway services blocked by the left supporters at Jhadavpur railway station during the nation-wide strike called by farmers.

10:20 AM

To support the protesting farmers all the grain markets including 152 main yards and around 1700 sub-yards and mandis at the block level will stay shut for 3 days till December 9 as arthiyas and labourers working at these mandis will join the dharna at Delhi border.

10:15 AM

Left political parties stage Protests at Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh and stop trains at Bhubaneswar Railways Station at Odhisa.

10:10 AM

No celebration of Sonia Gandhi’s birthday due to farmer’s protest:Congress instructs state units.

10:05 AM

Tikri, Jharoda borders, Dhansa are closed for any traffic movement. Badusarai border is open only for light motor vehicles like cars and two wheelers, Jhatikara border is only open for two wheelers. Available borders to Haryana are Daurala, Kapashera, Rajokri NH 8, Bijwasan, Bajhghera, Palam Vihar and Dundahera.

10:00 AM

Maharashtra’s Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatna members stopped the Chennai-Ahmedabad Navjeevan Express at Malkapur station in Buldhana district while protesting against farm laws. Police later detained protesters.

9:55 AM

Farmers receive yet another solidarity statement from West Bengal’s Joint Platform of Academicians (JPA) assuring their support for farmers’ fight against the central government’s black laws.


9:50 AM

Large number of police personnel have been posted at the Singhu border of Delhi as the farmers’ protest enters its thirteenth day.


9:45 AM

A young Indian’s complaints to Prime Minister Narendra Modi is trending on Twitter!


9:40 AM

Hyderabad has planned a series of protests today from as early as 9 AM till 11 AM. Here are the details.

9:35 AM

The Federation of Central Universities Teachers’ Associations (FEDCUTA) published a statement expressing their whole-hearted support to farmers’ protests across India.

9:30 AM

Orrisa to remain closed except essestional services says Orissa Government. 


9:25 AM

The picture stands for itself.


9:20 AM

As a show of support, the All India Railwaymen’s Federation (AIRF) General Secretary Shiv Gopal Mishra promised to call for a closure of railways if the central government continues to ignore farmers’ demand for repeal of Acts.

Railways closed if black laws are not withdrawn by December 9: AIRF

9:15 AM

A few pointers to remember about today’s shutdown: the Bandh will go on from morning till evening, all markets, shops, services and institutions will remain closed, chakka jam will go on till 3 PM,  milk and vegetables and fruits will not be delivered to markets, although essential services will go on.

9:10 AM

Gujarat Youth in conversation with ex MLA, farmer leader and member of AIKSCC, Dr. Sunilam.

9:05 AM

President of the All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) Ashok Dhawale called “all Indians who care for the country and for our farmers” to attend today’s nationwide bandh.

9:00 AM

At Varanasi Suresh Rathore, Yogi Raj, Karan, the farmer union of U.P. East and the MNREGA labour union members has been reportedly placed under house arrest since yesterday night at 11.

8:55 AM

President of the Khedut Samaj Gujarat (KSG) Jayesh Patel, who had extended his support to December 8 Bharat Bandh, was reportedly arrested at 6:17 AM this morning.

8:50 AM

Tribal organisation Girijana Sangam in Telangana gave a call for today’s protest on December 7. States across India are estimated to have huge crowds of protesters out on streets.

8:45 AM

Shetkari Sangathan, founded by farmer leader Sharad joshi say it won’t take part in the bandh.

8:40 AM

Showcasing the sheer mass of protesters out on the street, a sympathiser creates this wonderful video, fit to work as an anthem to start of today’s bandh.

8:35 AM

DMK and 8 labour unions extends support to the bharat bandh. Autos to stay off road in Tamil Nadu.

8:30 AM

Extending support to the bandh, all Gurudwara’s from Mumbai, Navi Mumbai and All Transport Associations will join a Car and Bike rally starting from Panvel Gurudwara Sahib 8th December 10am that will end at Marine Drive 1pm. A human chain will be also be formed at Marine Drive 

Here’s the route:

Panvel-Vashi-Chembur-Priyadarshani-Dadar-VT-Marine Drive

8:25 AM

Various trade unions, women, youth, student and other Organisations under the banner of ‘#DelhiForFarmers,’ have decided to support Bharat Bandh. They have called upon Delhi citizens including workers, women, students, youth, intellectuals and others to participate at various parts of the city on December 8 to extend solidarity with the farmer’s struggle. They also demanded that the government should pay attention to farmers’ demands and should repeal three farm Acts and stop the introduction of Electricity Bill 2020.

8:20 AM

This is the second all India strike in twenty days . November 26 saw a great industrial strike against amended labour codes and farm laws and also marked the descent of the farmers in Delhi.

8:15 AM

How can one tell if a strike call has truly touched chords ? Just saw a polite invitation to rally in support of farmers in Lokhandwala – home to Mumbai’s film professionals. Signs of the times we live in ? See you there from 3-5 PM

8:10 AM

As India braces itself for a historic general strike, sabrangindia brings to you minute by minute live updates, with exclusively sourced pictures and videos from all corners of India making this the space to watch out for , all day today

8:05 AM

Today’s all-India strike has gathered huge support, not just from opposition parties but also trade and transport unions and a host of other organisations. Farmers who have assembled at the borders of Delhi said they would stop entry to the national capital and only allow passage for emergency services.

8:00 AM

We are LIVE now. Across India, student and trade Unions have promised participation along with a growing number of political parties. Taxi Unions and other transport workers have also expressed their solidarity for the Bharat Bandh.Petrol pumps will be shut as well. Watch this space for more. 





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