Farmers protest in Delhi highlights: Rahul Gandhi addresses rally, says empty speeches are being given

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New Delhi | Updated:Nov 30, 2018 5:49:26 pm

Farmers protest highlights: Among political leaders who attended the rally include Rahul Gandhi, Sitaram Yechury, Farooq Abdullah, Arvind Kejriwal among others.

Farmers protest in Delhi UpdatesOpposition leaders at the rally today. (ANI)

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.

Among political leaders who attended the rally include Rahul Gandhi, Sitaram Yechury, Farooq Abdullah, Arvind Kejriwal among others.

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.

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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.

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    09:28 (IST)30 Nov 2018
    Farmers' protest in Delhi: Women farmers join march

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    07:52 (IST)30 Nov 2018
    Farmers' rally in Delhi: Why no police permission yet?

    Raju Shetti, Lok Sabha MP from  Hatkananglein, told reporters that they were not given permission because rally will affect traffic in city. "But what happens when traffic is stopped for hours during the Prime minister's movement?" He asked why can't they spare one hour for farmers who are fighting for their rights. Thousands of farmers from different parts of the country have arrived in Delhi. They spent Thursday night at Ramlila Maidan. Farmers will begin march towards Parliament for a rally on Friday morning. 

    07:41 (IST)30 Nov 2018
    Farmers' rally in Delhi: No police permission yet

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    07:33 (IST)30 Nov 2018
    Deve Gowda visits farmers at Ramlila Maidan

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    New Delhi: All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC) members and farmers arrive for a two-day rally to press for their demands, including debt relief and remunerative prices for their produce, in New Delhi, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018. (PTI Photo/Ravi Choudhary) (PTI11_29_2018_000073A)On Thursday, several groups of farmers held 'Chalo Dilli' marches under the banner of the AIKSCC. Yogendra Yadav also led a 26-km protest rally from Bijwasan to Ramlila Maidan. The march was joined by farmers from several states. Yadav said that farmers are protesting loot and exploitation. He said that 'the entire country is with us.... journalists, doctors, students, artists have pledged their support.'. He said that the Friday's March would be historic. Farmers started congregating at the Ramlila Maidan where a cultural programme in their honour was held on Thursday night. They will start march from Ramlila Maidan to Parliament Street on Friday morning to put forward their demands before the government. Social activists, including Medha Patkar and P Sainath, have extended their support to the rally. Many women farmers have also reached the capital to join the protest. The AIKSCC is demanding loan waiver, better MSP and implementation of the Swaminathan Commission. It is also seeking a special session of Parliament to pass two bills that were introduced by MP Raju Shetti.