GUWAHATI: Farmer organisations have called a "Bharat Bandh" today against the three contentious farm laws marking its one year since they were passed.
The bandh began at 6 am and will continue till 4 pm today.
According to reports, in both Punjab and Haryana, national highways, state highways, link roads and railway tracks have been severally blocked, bringing road and rail traffic to a halt.
Meanwhile in Guwahati the Bharat bandh called by farmers' body Samyukta Kisan Morcha has hit normal life in Guwahati and other parts of Assam also.
Notably, most of the public vehicles have gone off the road and is supporting the farmers.
Adding to the hues with the soaring mercury level, the daily commuters and employees are facing the wrath of the lesser vehicles like "Trekker" and buses.
During the bandha hours, which started this morning, day-to-day activities in the area have come to a standstill. The local Bharat Bandha supporters claimed that the shut was a success in the entire area. "People extended support to the bandh. We want the immediate repeal of the three Acts. These Acts are against the interest of the farmers," said a bandh supporter.
Another supporter urged Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma to take a farmer's friendly stance.
On the other hand, Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi urged the Centre to repeal the three laws over which the farmers are protesting. Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu said the PPCC firmly stands by farmer unions' for Bharat Bandh.
The strike has garnered support from various political parties. While Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi has extended support to the bandh, Leader of Opposition in Bihar Assembly Tejashwi Yadav has announced he will participate in the nationwide strike. The Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu governments, too, have declared complete support to the Bandh. Congress has also said it will be joining the protests on Monday.