Thousands Of Farmers Walk To Delhi, Mission Parliament Today

Thousands Of Farmers Walk To Delhi, Mission Parliament Today

Thousands Of Farmers Walk To Delhi, Mission Parliament Today

Speaking on the issues of rising unemployment among youths and the deepening agrarian crisis, Rahul Gandhi roared in the rally, "Farmers of the country are not seeking a free gift from the Modi government...they are fighting for their rights.this country is run by farmers and workers, not by a party or a person".

The group from Tamil Nadu had threatened to march naked if they are not allowed to go to Parliament on Friday.They had a year ago staged protests at Jantar Mantar with the skulls of eight farmers who killed themselves owing to losses.

Led by the All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC), thousands of farmers reached Parliament Street in the heart of the city demanding a special session of Parliament to clear bills to waive off farm loans and a guarantee for remunerative prices for farm commodities based on the recommendations of the M.S. Swaminathan Commission.

With Subhash Chandra Bose's slogan of "Dilli Chalo" on their lips, about 10,000 farmers and supporters are expected to march from five different directions in Delhi towards the vast grounds of Ramlila Maidan where they will camp on Thursday night.

Around 600-700 volunteers of a solidarity group "Nation For Farmers" marched with the protesters from the four assembly points. Pictures and videos from the rally on Thursday and the cultural programme held on the grounds in the evening were posted on social media.

The AIKSCC was formed under the aegis of All India Kisan Sabha and other Left affiliated farmers' bodies in June 2017, after protests by farmers in states like Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh for debt relief and remunerative prices.

Farmers in Delhi are demanding debt waiver and they don't want a Ram temple in Ayodhya, as the voices have become stern at the Ramlila Maidan. "If he listens to what we have to say, then Modi will stay (as prime minister), otherwise the farmers of this country will replace him".

"We all are with you. Jai Kisan!", tweeted political activist and former AAP leader Yogendra Yadav.

They carried banners accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government of not fulfilling its promise to ensure they earn at least one and a half times the costs they incur in producing their crops. Tomorrow 1 lakh farmers from across the country are marching to Delhi to ask for fair prices & freedom from debt.

"Forces were deployed along the border areas and no tractor-trolley was allowed to get into Delhi", Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Ghaziabad, Upendra Agarwal said. They were stopped near the Parliament Street police station.

A handful of angry farmers took off their clothes and lay naked on the road before they were persuaded by their leaders to put their clothes back on.

"They also face a big water crisis and want the Swaminathan Commission report to be implemented", Sainath said.

Delhi traffic police has issued an advisory.

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