( Photo by Imteyaz Ahmed)

Satish Aditya

Motihari /Bettiah :  Bharat  Bandh called by the farmers, supported by all the opposition parties,  on December 8, 2020, in protest against the three new farm laws had little impact  in East Champaran District in North Bihar. The protesters mostly RJD,  Congress , CPI, and CPI (ML) workers marched on  main roads shouting slogans against  Modi Government demanding immediate withdrawal  of what they called the black laws.

East  Champaran Krishak Sangharsh Samiti  President Hardayal  Kushawaha  said the farmers of the district had extended their moral support to the workers of the  political parties on the day of bandh but did not  participate in the rally or road block because  the  movement of farmers would be derailed  by these  politicians. He said  the farmers are watching the situation and will launch their agitation next week  to stop the supply of milk, vegetables, and grains to the markets.

The  protesters blocked  the Muzaffarpur- Motihari  NH28 and 28A and other  main roads in the district in morning hours disrupting  the traffic for two hours which were removed by police. Motihari MLA Pramod Kumar said Bharat Bandh  failed in Bihar as the farmers kept
themselves away from  this agitation. He alleged that the action of opposition parties were opportunistic driven by mounting
desperation in the wake of defeat in the Bihar Assembly elections recently.

In West Champaran district, the  CPI (ML) workers blocked the main gate of  the Collectorate at Bettiah shouting slogans ‘Kisan Ekta Zindabad’, ‘Kala Kanoon Wapas Karo’ for hours. At 50 places,  the main roads leading to Bagaha, Ramnagar, Chanpatia, Narkatiaganj, ,Lauria, were blocked by the protestrs. The shops were closed and the traffic remained affected till 2 pm.