On Tuesday, 6 June, as a precaution after six farmers were shot dead by the state police in the ongoing protests. In many districts, the internet was also shut down. The Opposition parties have decided to organise a Bharat Bandh on the issue of farmer distress. The decision came in the meeting of the Opposition sub-group on Wednesday to discuss a strategy for the Presidential election. Sources said that the farmers’ unrest on a range of issues — falling prices, Minimum Support Price and debt — was discussed at the meeting where many Opposition leaders felt this was the “appropriate time” to seek answers from the government.
The date for the Bharat Bandh, a source said, would be decided after parties discuss with their respective leaderships. On Wednesday, Raju Shetti of Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghtana, an NDA ally from Maharashtra, met senior JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav at his residence here where the two discussed agrarian distress.Shetti’s party has set a deadline for the farm loan waiver in Maharashtra where protests have put the BJP government in a tight spot. A day before Rahul Gandhi visited Mandsaur.
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