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Students extend support to protesting farmers in national capital

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

University students turned up in large numbers Thursday to support farmers, who converged here from across the country, to press for their demands, including relief and remunerative prices for their produce.

The farmers, converged at the Ramlila Ground, on Thursday began a two-day protest and will march to Parliament Street on Friday.

University students and professors, under the banner of for Farmers, mobilised support ahead of the march and distributed packets to the farmers.

Members from Left-backed students' groups All Students' Association (AISA) and (SFI) were at the Anand Vihar, Old and New railway stations to meet farmers and take them to the ground.

The farmers are coming from different parts of the country, including Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, and

"Our members will be sleeping at Ramlila Maidan on Thursday and will march along with the farmers to the Parliament on Friday.

"There were around 50 students from JNU, Jamia, and on Thursday," said AISA

Despite their exams, many students came to Rajghat and distributed packets to the farmers on way to Ramlila Ground.

"The first time, I participated in a protest was during the time when people came out in large numbers after the Nirbhaya gangrape. After that, I have always participated in protests.

"Even two years ago, I participated in the peace march held in after violence at More than the exams, showing solidarity towards the cause of farmers is my priority," said Nabila, a first year History (Hons) students at the

Evita, a first year student of BA (programme) at St Stpehen's also distributed packets to farmers said the least she could do was show solidarity with the movement.

"Many students are here who have exams tomorrow or in the next few days. I did not want to regret later and think, 'I should have been there'. It is because of these farmers that we are getting food. I think the least we can do is show solidarity when they are in our city," she said.

Ex-students of TISS Mumbai, Saqib Khan and Pankaj, who had participated in the march by farmers in early this year, said they will participate in the Friday march to Parliament Street.

"It was quite hot and humid in at that time but we had walked around 30 km at that time. After getting to know about this march, we came here since we are now based in Delhi," said

Khan said they will be marching with the farmers on Friday towards the Parliament.

Bhuvaneshwari, a PhD student from Ambedkar University, said she came to the Ramlila Ground after listening to P Sainath who had urged students of different universities to join the cause.

Along with her friend, she had marched with farmers from to Ramlila Maidan.

Banded under the Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC), which claims to be an umbrella body of 207 organisations of farmers and agricultural workers, said the two-day rally will be one of the largest congregations of farmers in Delhi.

The AIKSCC was formed under the aegis of All India Kisan Sabha and other Left-affiliated farmers' bodies in June 2017, after protests by farmers in states like and for relief and remunerative prices.

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

First Published: Thu, November 29 2018. 21:45 IST