Farmers rally highlights: Former PM & JDS leader HD Devegowda extends support to protesting farmers in Delhi

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New Delhi | Updated:Nov 29, 2018 10:43:07 pm

Farmers protest in Delhi highlights: Thousands of farmers from different states are arriving in Delhi for two-day protest against the BJP government's poor policies. The farmers' protest is being supported by Left-backed outfits.

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Farmers protest in Delhi highlights: Thousands of farmers from different states are arriving in Delhi for two-day protest against the BJP government’s poor policies. The farmers’ protest is being supported by Left-backed outfits. Farmers are demanding loan waiver and better MSP for their produce. According to All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC), the two-day agitation will be one of the largest congregations of farmers in Delhi in recent times. The AIKSCC said that farmers are also demanding from the government to hold a special session of Parliament to discuss all issues relating to agrarian distress and pass the two Bills which have already been tabled in both the Houses as Private Members’ Bills. The has claimed that farmers from Meghalaya, Gujarat, Kerela and Jammu and Kashmir have already reached Delhi.

On Thursday evening, a cultural programme dedicated to farmers will be held at Ramlila Maidan where prominent singers and poets will perform. On Friday, leaders of different political parties except the BJP-led NDA will address the gathering at Parliament Street.

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21:53 (IST)29 Nov 2018
Former PM & JDS leader HD Devegowda extends support to protesting farmers in Delhi

Former PM HD Devegowda reached Delhi's Ramlila Maidan where farmers' are staging a demonstration for their demands. The JDS leader said that PM Narendra Modi should personally take note of the protest as he appealed the government to resolve the issues. "PM should personally take note of this. I would like to appeal to Union Government to try to solve the problem. Farmers are awakened now. They know how to punish. No government can survive without farmers," the former PM said.

20:49 (IST)29 Nov 2018
Singer Jasbir Jassi performs at farmers' protest

Singer Jasbir Jassi performed at the farmers' protest in Ramlila Maidan in Delhi. Hoping to make themselves heard in the power centre of the nation, thousands of farmers, who had converged in Delhi from across the country, on Thursday began a two-day protest, backed by the Left, to press their demands including debt relief and remunerative prices for their produce.

20:26 (IST)29 Nov 2018
Swaraj India apologises to Delhiites on behalf of farmers

Swaraj India has apologised on behalf of farmers for the reported inconvenience caused to Delhiites due to the farmers' march. The party also presented comparative figures on vegetables, fruits and dairy products. "We buy everything at higher prices and sell them at lower rates. Even our life is cheap. More than 3 lakh farmers committed suicide in the last 20 years. The government has the key to our problems but it does not listen to us," the pamphlet read.

🏷️ Special Appeal to Delhi's Public📃: माफ कीजिएगा !हमारे मार्च से आपको परेशानी हुई होगी..#KisanMuktiMarch pic.twitter.com/XFaAijDCcu— Swaraj India (@_SwarajIndia) November 29, 2018

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Farmers started collecting at 10:30 am

Those from Delhi and nearby Punjab and Haryana started collecting around 10.30 am, their leaders said. Kamla, a functionary of the All India Kisan Sabha's Delhi unit, said farmers from nearby areas converged at Majnu Ka Tila on the outskirts of Delhi from where they will start marching in groups to Ramlila Maidan. The marchers will gather at Ramlila Ground by evening, the farmer leaders said, expecting a crowd of about one lakh.

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15:58 (IST)29 Nov 2018
Farmers came from different parts of the country

Farmers have come from various parts of the country which include Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. The Traffic was affected in several parts of the national capital as they marched to Ramlila Ground on four different routes -- starting at the Anand Vihar, Nizamuddin and Bijwasan railway stations and at Sabzi Mandi. Under the umbrella All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC), which claims to be a body of 207 organisations of farmers and agricultural workers, many farmers came in trains, buses and other modes of transport.

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Tamil Nadu farmers arrive skulls, threaten naked march

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13:06 (IST)29 Nov 2018
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12:37 (IST)29 Nov 2018
Delhi: Farmers march throws traffic in a tizzy

Farmers from different parts of Delhi who began their march towards Ramlila Maidan Thursday as part of a massive kisan rally planned in the city, sent traffic into a tizzy in some parts of the national capital. In morning, farmers arrived at Anand Vihar railway station where they were welcomed by members of Left-backed students' outfit AISA. Farmers also reached Bijwasan in southwest Delhi and began their march towards Ramlila Maidan. Due to this march, traffic on Bijwasan and Dwarka Link Road was affected with police asking commuters to avoid the stretch. According to farmer leaders, as many as 1 lakh farmers are likely to reach Ramlila Maidan by evening.

12:05 (IST)29 Nov 2018
Farmers protest in Delhi: Latest update

Farmers, from Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and other states, will march on four different routes in the national capital, starting at three major railway stations — Anand Vihar, Nizamuddin and Bijwasan — and at Sabzi Mandi, their leaders said. All the marchers will pour in at Ramlila Ground in the heart of the city by evening.

11:31 (IST)29 Nov 2018
Farmers protest in Delhi: Lok Sangharsh Marcha joins protest

Lok Sangharsh Marcha (LSM), a farmers' body, said that recommendations of Swaminathan Commission are yet to be implemented. Its general secretary Prativa Sindhe said that they will join the march to mount pressure on the government. LSM had carried out a march from Thane to Mumbai.

10:57 (IST)29 Nov 2018
Farmers to march from Ramlila Maidan to Parliament

All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC) said that on November 30, farmers will start march from Ramlila Maidan to Parliament. The outfit said that there will be two sessions in Parliament Street. In the first session, Kisan leaders will speak on different agrarian issues and in the second session, leaders of different political parties except the BJP will address the crowd.

10:43 (IST)29 Nov 2018
Farmers from different states arrive in Delhi for protest

All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC) has claimed that farmers from Meghalaya, Gujarat, Kerela and Jammu and Kashmir will attend the two-day protest in Delhi to mount pressure on the government to accept their demands.

09:28 (IST)29 Nov 2018
Farmers protest in Delhi: AIKSCC demands passage of 2 bills

The AIKSCC said that the passage of two bills 'Farmers' Freedom From Indebtedness Bill, 2018' and ' Farmers' Right to Guaranteed Remunerative Minimum Support Prices for Agricultural Commodities Bill , 2018' will ensure liberation from debt and remunerative prices of agricultural products.

09:05 (IST)29 Nov 2018
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Farmers protest in Delhi: What farmers' are demanding

Besides loan waivers and better MSP, the AIKSCC is demanding from the governent to hold a special Parliament session to discuss all issues relating to agrarian distress. The outfit is also seeking the passage of two Bills which have already been tabled in both the Houses. The two bills are 'Farmers' Freedom From Indebtedness Bill, 2018' and ' Farmers' Right to Guaranteed Remunerative Minimum Support Prices for Agricultural Commodities Bill , 2018'.

08:42 (IST)29 Nov 2018
'Farmers will give BJP a befitting reply in 2019'

Ashok Dhawale, president of All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS), said said that the BJP government has no interest in solving the problems of farmers. Ashok said that farmers were severely hit due to demonetisation. He said that despite PM Modi's recent statements that he had taken initiatives to solve farmers' distress, the issues remain. For this betrayal, farmers will give Modi government and the BJP a befitting reply in 2019 election. "Note bandi ka jawab, kisan vote bandi se denge".

08:30 (IST)29 Nov 2018
Farmers' in Delhi: Similar protest in Kolkata

Another protest is taking place in West Bengal's Singur which is being organised by All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS). Farmers are protesting against state inaction in returning land to farmers. AIKS said that farmers were to be returned 997 acres of land which was acquired in 2007 but have been returned only 11 acres. it said that march of over 50,000 farmers commenced from Singur on Wednesday and will culminate at the Raj Bhavan in Kolkata on Thursday.

08:22 (IST)29 Nov 2018
Yogendra Yadav's Jai Kisan Andolan participating in protest

According to Yogendra Yadav of Jai Kisan Andolan which is participating in the protest, this is for the first time in the history of farmers’ movement in the country, over two hundred farmers bodies have gathered under one platform. He said, “This is an opportunity for us to compel the government to listen to the woes of farmers and hold a special session for farmers in Parliament.”

Meanwhile, thousands of farmers began a foot march on on Wednesday from Singur in Hoogly towards Kolkata to protest against the agrarian crisis in the state. The march is being organised by All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS), the CPI(M) farmers' wing. It has claimed that around 10,000 farmers and agricultural workers of AIKS are participating in the march. In Delhi, the Left-backed farmers are also holding protest to highlight the failureof the government in addressing the problems. In last two years, the country has seen several farmer protests which have gained national attention. The Kisan long march from Nasik to Mumbai in March, All India Kisan Sabha’s protest in Delhi in September and Bhartiya Kisan Union rally in October among others that had hit the headlines. For the two-day protest on November 20, 30, the AIKSCC has invited leaders of all non-NDA parties for the November 30 rally at Parliament Street. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee have also been invited for the rally.
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