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PM Modi govt is anti-farmers: Yechury

ANI  |  New Delhi [India] 

Lashing out at the government for stopping the farmers' rally from entering the capital, Communist Party of (CPI-M) accused Narendra Modi-led Centre of being anti-farmers.

Speaking to ANI, Yechury said, "It reconfirms the fact that is anti-farmers. Instead of providing relief to the farmers, they are exasperating the crisis, further forcing farmers to be under debt burden and distress suicides. We have not seen such an agrarian distress in since Independence."

Reiterating Yechury's sentiments, spokesperson likened Modi-led government with the pre-independence British government in

"On the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, the has shown that they are no different from the pre-independence British government in The British government then used to exploit the farmers and today, is firing tear at farmers," Surjewala said.

Former also backed the farmers and launched an attack on the Centre, saying, "This government has not fulfilled the promises it made to the farmers, so it is all but natural that farmers would protest. It is unfortunate and we fully support the farmers."

The police at Delhi-border in Ghaziabad used water cannons and fired tear gas to disperse the agitating farmers who were marching towards the capital.

The farmers, thousands in number, began their agitation on September 23 at Haridwar in Uttarakhand and were moving towards New Delhi, many of them on foot and scores sitting atop tractors, buses and raising slogans.

Their demands include complete loan waiver, reduction in and pension to every aged above 60.

The (BKU), the body which organised the mega-march, expressed angst over police's use of force on the agitators.

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First Published: Tue, October 02 2018. 15:10 IST