One lakh autos to stay off the street during ‘Bharat Bandh’ in Ahmedabad

The Ahmedabad Autorickshaw Drivers’ Union has stretched out its help to the December 8 Bharat Bandh call given by ranchers’ affiliations challenging three homestead enactments.

On Monday, the auto-cart drivers’ association said more than one lakh three-wheelers will stay off the street in Ahmedabad on Tuesday.

Ashok Punjabi, the head of Gujarat Autorickshaw Drivers’ Action Committee, said they sponsored the bandh call and asked the Union government to satisfy all the requests of the ranchers.

“Autorickshaw drivers are also sons of farmers and we will be supporting them on Tuesday in their bandh call. There will be a voluntary strike called by the autorickshaw drivers in Ahmedabad and anyone found operating their vehicle will be greeted by flowers and requested to join us. Nobody will be forced to be a part of the strike. There are over two lakh autorickshaw drivers in Ahmedabad and we expect that more than one lakh will be a part of tomorrow’s bandh.”

The Minority Coordination Committee (MCC) in Ahmedabad has likewise turned out on the side of the ranchers’ bandh call.

Mujahid Nafees, the convener of MCC, said in a proclamation, “The MCC expresses its complete solidarity with the ongoing farmers’ nationwide protests and endorses the Bharat Bandh call given on December 8. The call has come after several rounds of failed negotiations between the protesting farmers in Delhi and the Union government. The MCC calls upon all sections of the society to stand with the historic struggle of farmers and participate in the Bharat Bandh.”

On Monday, Gujarat Director General of Police Ashish Bhatia reported IPC area 144 that bars get-together of multiple people at any open spot will stay forced statewide on Tuesday.