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Farmers' protest disrupts national capital as opposition targets Modi govt

Traffic in many parts of central Delhi came to a halt as the protesters, many in red hats and waving red flags, marched towards Parliament Street in the heart of the capital

Sudarshan Varadhan & Krishna N. Das | Reuters  |  New Delhi 

Thousands of farmers and labourers paralysed the Indian capital on Wednesday in a protest against what they called the anti-people policies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government, as opposition parties step up pressure ahead of key elections. A sharp drop in commodity prices and stagnant wages have dented Modi’s popularity in rural areas home to about two-thirds of India's 1.3 billion people, and key to his hopes of winning a second term in next year's general elections. Traffic in many parts of central Delhi came to a halt as the protesters, many in red ...

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First Published: Wed, September 05 2018. 16:52 IST
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