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'Ayodhya nahi, karz maafi': Ramlila Maidan resonates as farmers gather from across India

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

It was a sea of red at the where thousands of farmers from across the country converged Thursday after journeys that took some as long as 36 hours to complete.

The historic ground, known for hosting big political events over the years, resonated with slogans like 'Ayodhya nahi, karz maafi chahiye' as farmers wearing red caps and carrying red flags started to gather. They will be spending the night at the ground before marching to Parliament on Friday to put their demands.

The ground started filling up from about 10.30 am when farmers from and nearby and started pouring in. About 13,000 people have reached the ground and many are still on their way.

The organisers said that while some will sleep in the tents put up on the ground, others will move to nearby gurudwaras.

"The Jal board will provide us water tanks. local MLAs will give us packets. Five Gurudwaras in the region have extended their help to the farmers. Bangla Sahib Gurudwara, Sisganj Sahib, Rakabganj, and will provide accommodation to farmers for the night," said All Kisan Sabha (AIKS) leader

He added that volunteers have also put up tents at Anand Vihar railway station for those who arrived there and were providing them with snacks and water.


majority of the farmers would be staying at Maidan, Anjan said.

Students from have also reached the ground and were helping out with the arrangements. Activists from outfits like AISA and SFI were seen guiding the farmers to get and tents, which have names of their states written on them.

Amid the red, some farmers were also seen in other colours. While, those from were in green and carrying skulls, some were in yellow.

Among other demands, the farmers want debt relief and remunerative prices for their produce.

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First Published: Thu, November 29 2018. 19:25 IST