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Farmers from across the country gather in Delhi for mega agitation

IANS  |  New Delhi 

Thousands of farmers from across the nation are headed to the ground here to press their demands for higher crop prices and farm loan waivers, among others.

The farmers are marching in from Nizamuddin, Sabzi Mandi Station, and Majnu Ka Tila.

While Yogendra Yadav of Swaraj is leading a 'Chalo Dilli' rally from Bijwasan to Maidan, that has been joined by farmers from Odisha, Haryana,

Two special trains carrying farmers, one from Maharashtra's Miraj and other from Bengaluru, were expected to reach later in the day.

The farmers will congregate at the ground by 8 p.m.

activists, including and noted P. Sainath, have extended their support to the rally and said the situation of farmers in the country has deteriorated to a level like never before.

Many women farmers and students from University are also part of the rally to push the Centre to provide relief to the distressed farmers.

On Friday, under the umbrella body All Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC) they will march from Ramlila Maidan to the Parliament Street against the "anti-farmer" policies of the BJP-government and court arrest.

and Member of Parliament Raju Shetti, who is also a part of the AIKSCC, introduced two Private Member's Bills in the Lok Sabha in 2017, seeking a loan waiver and a guaranteed remunerative prices for agricultural commodities based on the recommendations of the

The AIKSCC, which represents over 200 farm outfits, has demanded the Bills be discussed and passed in Parliament.

It said 21 political parties have extended their support to the Bills and their representatives may visit the protest march on Friday.

Several prominent writers, intellectuals and artists, including Nayantara Sahgal, K. Satchidanandan, and Damodar Mauzo, have expressed solidarity with the farmers.

"I am one with the farmers in all their demands. The Indian state has been ungrateful to the point of cruelty to the farmers who feed the people of our country. This cannot go on. The Indian peasant's plight defines the nation's condition and the state needs to do everything to solve their problems.

"Their genuine grievances ought to be addressed by a special session of the country's parliament and should be sought," said Satchidanandan, a noted Indian poet and critic, who writes in Malayalam and English.

The group has come together under the "Artists for Farmers" banner and will join the farmers entering from four different directions and will congregate at Ramlila Maidan on the night of November 29 and will march to the Parliament for a public meeting on the morning of November 30.

Meanwhile, BJP parliamentarian Varun Gandhi's book, "Rural Manifesto", which will release in December, explores rural Indias innate perseverance and in development policy with a focus on making the rural economy resilient, New Delhi-based Rupa Publications has announced.

On Monday, book detailing how the Narendra Modi government's policies have led to a drop in farmers' income and caused rural distress across the country was launched in the capital. 'Modiraj Main Kisan, Double Aamad Ya Double afat' has been authored by Yogendra Yadav.



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First Published: Thu, November 29 2018. 15:38 IST