Farmers protest highlights: Around 35,000 farmers from across the country have converged near Parliament Street Police station in the national capital where their leaders addressed the protesters. National secretary of Left-backed All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC), Asish Mittal, said farmers from 24 states have also joined the protest to press for their demands, including debt relief and remunerative prices for their produce. The farmers, who have been camping at the Ramlila ground here since Thursday, began their march to Parliament Street around 10.30 am amid heavy policy deployment. They were stopped near Parliament Street police station, after which they assembled there.
Meanwhile, traffic in Delhi was affected severely due to the protest. Swaraj India leader Yogendra Yadav was also seen marching with the farmers. In view of the protest, the administration has deployed over 3,500 cops in the national capital and shut the Sansad Marg for the public. Today is the second and last day of farmers’ agitation. Several leaders of political parties have also confirmed their participation in the rally They include Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, NCP chief Sharad Pawar, National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah, Loktantrik Janata Dal’s Sharad Yadav, Janata Dal (Secular) leader and former PM HD Deve Gowda.
Farmers are demanding loan waiver, higher MSP and passage of two bills that are already introduced in both the Houses of Parliament. On Thursday, Yogendra Yadav led a 26-km protest rally from Bijwasan to Ramlila Maidan.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi and CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury addressed the rally.