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Farmers from across India converging in Delhi for Kisan March

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Thousands of farmers from across the country started to converge in on Thursday for a two-day protest rally to press for their demands, including debt relief and remunerative prices for their produce.

Farmers, from Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, and other states, will march on four different routes in the national capital, starting at three major railway stations Anand Vihar, Nizamuddin and Bijwasan and at Sabzi Mandi, their leaders said.

All the marchers will pour in at Ground in the heart of the city by evening.

Farmers from Delhi, and started trickling in by 10:30 am.

Kamla, a functionary of the All Kisan Sabha's unit, said farmers have also arrived at Majnu Ka Tila, from where they will start marching in groups to Maidan.

"We hope by 3 pm, farmers from across the country will arrive at Ground," said AIKS.

The two-day rally will be "one of the largest congregations of farmers" in Delhi, the All Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC) claimed on Wednesday.

The AIKSCC, which claims to be an umbrella body of 207 organisations of farmers and agricultural workers, said a cultural programme would be held at Ramlila Ground on Thursday, the first day of the protest, where prominent singers and poets from rural would perform.

Police said they have made elaborate arrangements for the rally on Friday, when the farmers will begin their march from Ramlila Ground to Parliament Street.

Support for farmers have started pouring with activists taking to to ask the general public to join the march.

"Women farmers greet us this morning from Brijwasan as they are all set to embark on #KisanMuktiMarch. Join us even if you are not a Join the hands that toil to feed us. Jai Kisan!," tweeted

also tweeted in solidarity with farmers.

"Over 3L farmers have committed suicide in India in last 15 yrs,due to successive govts betraying them. Tomorrow 1 lakh farmers from across the country are marching to to ask for fair prices& freedom from debt. Let's stand in solidarity with them," he said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, November 29 2018. 11:15 IST