Today, amid the ongoing Bharat Bandh, Bharatiya Kisan Union (Bhanu) national President Bhanu Pratap Singh criticized the decision and said that it will affect the country’s economy. He also slammed the farmer leader Rakesh Tikait.

Comparing the activities of Tikait with that of the Taliban, Singh claimed that Tikait and others want to follow in the footsteps of the Taliban by continuing similar activities back in India. He said, “They (Rakesh Tikait) call themselves ‘Kisan neta’ and then announce Bharat Bandh, which affects the economy and farmers. How does it even benefit anyone?”

Furthermore, Bhanu Pratap underlined that no one should support Bharat Bandh. He urged the government to ban such organizations that are involved in protesting against the three farm laws.

The Bharatiya Kisan Union (Bhanu) national President Bhanu has been one of the prominent critics of the protests at the borders of Delhi against the Centre’s three farm laws. Previously, commenting on the widespread violence caused by the farmers’ tractor rally on Republic Day, Singh had claimed that the protesting groups were sent by Congress.

The 10-hour long Bharat Bandh, called by the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) from 6 am to 4 pm on Monday, is being observed across India to mark the first anniversary of the three new farm laws. All emergency services have been allowed. However, traffic jams have been reported in borders in Delhi and surrounding regions.

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