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Farmers' mega protest on Friday In Delhi; No police permission yet

IANS  |  New Delhi 

Thousands of farmers from across the country on Thursday reached the ground in the national capital for a mega protest march to Parliament Street on Friday demanding higher crop prices and farm

The All Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC), which has organised the Kisan Mukti March, has not yet been given the required permission by Police to hold the rally.

from Hatkanangle in Kolhapur (Maharashtra) said if permission is not granted for the rally, the working committee of the AIKSCC would decide the next course of action.

"We were told that our rally would affect traffic in the city. But what happens when traffic is stopped for hours during the Prime minister's movemnet? Can't they spare even one hour for farmers who are fighting for their rights?" Shetti told IANS.

Many political leaders, including Chief Minister and Sharad Pawar, have confirmed their participation in the rally, he said.

National Conference's Farooq Abdullah, Trinamool Congress' Dinesh Trivedi, Loktantrik Janata Dal's are among the other leaders who will address the protesting farmers on Friday.

"(Former Prime Minister) H.D. Deve Gowda will also join us," Shetti said.

On Thursday, several groups of farmers held 'Chalo Dilli' marches from Delhi's Nizamuddin, Sabzi Mandi Station, and Majnu Ka Tila under the banner of the AIKSCC.

Yogendra Yadav of Swaraj led a 26-km protest rally from Bijwasan to Maidan, which was joined by farmers from Odisha, and

"We are protesting loot and exploitation of farmers. The entire country is with us. Journalists, doctors, students, artists have pledged their support," said Yadav, adding Friday's March would be "historic".

Many women farmers and students, particularly from University, were seen in the rallies raising slogans for the cause of farmers.

Two trains carrying farmers, one from Maharashtra's Miraj and other from Bengaluru, were expected to reach Delhi on Thursday night.

All protesting farmers started congregating at the ground where a cultural programme in their honour was held.

On Friday morning, farmers would take over the road leading to Parliament to put their demands before the

'The Kisan Mukti March' will end at Parliament Street and, subsequently, 'Kisan Sansad' (Farmers' Parliament) will be held, in which farm issues will be discussed and speeches will be delivered, an activist said.

activists, including and activist-journalist P. Sainath, have extended their support to the rally and said the situation of farmers in the country has deteriorated.

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

The Friday's rally would be fourth major farmers rally being held by the AIKSCC, which represents over 200 farm outfits.

It has been protesting against "anti-farmer" policies of the BJP government following the Mandsaur firing episode last year, which led to death of six farmers.

Shetti has introduced two private member's Bills in the Lok Sabha in 2017, seeking a and a guaranteed remunerative prices for agricultural commodities based on the recommendations of the

The AIKSCC has demanded a special session of Parliament so that these Bills are discussed and passed.

It said 21 political parties have extended their support to the Bills. It has also written to to join the protest march.AA

On Monday, a book authored by Yogendra Yadav detailing how the Modi government's policies have led to a drop in farmers' income and caused rural distress across the country was launched in the capital.



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First Published: Thu, November 29 2018. 21:22 IST