Thousands of farmers march to the capital, chanting the slogan “Dilli chalo,” in a Kisan Mukti March to demand that government bring in legislation providing a guaranteed minimum support price for their crops and freedom from debts. They will march to Parliament Street on on Friday. The Opposition leaders are expected to address rally.
The march has been organised under the banner of the All-India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC), a platform of 200 farmers’ groups.
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Farmers arrive at Ramlila Maidan
Farmers, who will march to Parliament Street on on November 30, have set up camp at the Ramlila Maidan. They came from various States, including Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh.
Farmers arrive from Tamil Nadu
Farmers from Tamil Nadu have arrived in Delhi on Friday to take part in the Kisan Mukti March.
The two proposed legislations are the Farmers’ Freedom from Indebtedness Bill, 2018, and The Farmers’ Right to Guaranteed Remunerative Minimum Support Prices for Agricultural Commodities Bill, 2018, which were introduced as private member Bills in the last session of Parliament. At the time, 21 political parties had indicated their support.
“Over the last one and a half years, farmers have been protesting across the country. This is a culmination, an eye-opener moment for farmers that the government has still not heard their distress,” said V.M. Singh, convener of the All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee, the banner organisation of 200 farmer groups which has issued the call for this Kisan Mukti March. “The elections are around the corner. There is no more time, no more jumlas [empty promises] will be accepted. Farmers are demanding that this government keeps its promises and passes these Bills before its term ends,” he said.