New Delhi: Farmers rally reaches Parliament street
Several groups of farmers held 'Chalo Dilli' marches from Delhi's Nizamuddin, Sabzi Mandi Station, Anand Vihar Terminal and Majnu Ka Tila under the banner of the AIKSCC.
New Delhi: Over thousands of farmers from across the nation reached the Parliament street here, on Friday, following due permission from the Delhi Police for a mega protest march demanding higher crop prices and farm loan waiver.
The All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC), which has organised the Kisan Mukti march, got the required permission around midnight.
Social activist Medha Patkar confirmed that the permission was received at 0000 hours. The march started at 1000 hours and reached at 1130 hours.
Patkar led the protest march as farmers raised slogans against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and and the Bharatiya Janata Party government at the Centre.
Many political leaders, including Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar, have confirmed their participation in the rally, she said.
National Conference's Farooq Abdullah, Trinamool Congress' Dinesh Trivedi, Loktantrik Janata Dal's Sharad Yadav were among the others who were expected to address the farmers.
Many women farmers and students, particularly from the Delhi University, were seen in the rallies raising slogans for the cause of farmers.
-Several groups of farmers held 'Chalo Dilli' marches from Delhi's Nizamuddin, Sabzi Mandi Station, Anand Vihar Terminal and Majnu Ka Tila under the banner of the AIKSCC.
-Yogendra Yadav of Swaraj India led a 26-km protest rally from Bijwasan to Ramlila Maidan, which was joined by farmers from Odisha, Haryana and Rajasthan.
-Many daughters, whose farmer fathers committed suicide, hung pictures of their dead around the neck as they marched along with the rally.
The Friday's rally is the fourth major farmers rally being held by the AIKSCC, which represents over 200 farm outfits.
It has been protesting against anti-farmer policies of the BJP government following the Mandsaur firing episode in Madhya Pradesh in 2017, which led to death of six farmers.
Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana leader and Member of Parliament from Hatkanangale in Kolhapur (Maharashtra) Raju Shetti has introduced two private member's Bills in the Lok Sabha in 2017, seeking a loan waiver and a guaranteed remunerative prices for agricultural commodities based on the recommendations of the Swaminathan Commission.
The AIKSCC has demanded a special session of Parliament so that these Bills are discussed and passed.
-21 political parties have extended their support to the Bills.
-It has also written to Modi, inviting him to join the protest march.