After the agitating farmers called for Bharat Bandh on December 8, several opposition parties have extended their support to the nationwide strike. Among those political parties backing the Bandh are Congress, Nationalist Congress Party, Shiv Sena, Telangana Rashtra Samithi, DMK, Samajwadi Party, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Rashtriya Janata dal (RJD), Bahujan Samaj Party (BCP) and the Left parties.

The statement released by opposition parties read that these laws “threaten India’s food security, destroy Indian agriculture and our farmers, lay the basis for the abolishment of the Minimum Support Price (MSP) and mortgage Indian agriculture and our markets to the caprices of multi-national agri-business corporates and domestic corporates”. Slamming opposition parties, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said, “During UPA rule, they did exactly what Modi govt is doing today for reforms in the farm sector. Now that they’re losing polls, they take part in any protest for the sake of their existence.”

According to farmers, their demands are “non-negotiable” and in the next round of talks with the government, they will ask for a complete repeal of the three farm laws through a special Parliament session. The three new contentious farm laws are The Farmer’s Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020, The Farmer (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price and Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020 and The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, 2020.

Meanwhile, several trade unions have backed Bharat Bandh and expressed their solidarity with the farmers. Delhi Taxi Tourist Transporters Association, Delhi State Taxi Cooperative Society, Kaumi Ekta Welfare Association and several bank unions have also extended their support to the nationwide strike.