NEW DELHI, Dec 4 - Hardening their position ahead of the fifth round of talks with the government, agitating farmers on Friday announced a �Bharat Bandh� on December 8 and threatened to occupy toll plazas on that day.
Addressing a press conference, farmer leader Gurnam Singh Chadoni said that if the Centre does not accept their demands during Saturday�s talks, they will intensify their agitation against the new farm laws.
�In our meeting today, we have decided to give a �Bharat Bandh� call on December 8 during which we will also occupy all toll plazas,� said Harinder Singh Lakhwal, general secretary of the Bharatiya Kisan Union.
�We have planned to block all roads leading to Delhi in the coming days if the new farm laws are not scrapped,� he also said.
He said that farmers will protest against the Central government and corporate houses and burn their effigies on December 5, adding that on December 7, sportspersons will return their medals in solidarity with the farmers.
However, Lakhwal did not divulge the names and number of sportspersons who would be returning their medals.
Farmer leaders reiterated their demands that the Centre call a special session of Parliament to repeal the new farm laws, adding that the protestors did not want amendments to the new laws but their scrapping. � PTI