Nearly 10,000 farmers, belonging to over 200 farmers’ organisations, gathered in Delhi on Thursday to press for their demands including implementation of the MS Swaminathan Committee report, farm loan waiver and better Minimum Support Price (MSP) for their agricultural produce.
Notably, the Kisan Mukti March has been organised by the All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC) for two days i.e on 29-30 November. The farmers began their march from five different areas of Delhi, namely Hazrat Nizamuddin, Bijwasan, Sabzi Mandi station, ANVT terminus and Majnu ka Tila to the Ramlila Maidan.
Farmers from states like Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and others joined the mega rally.
“The two-day rally will be one of the largest congregations of farmers in Delhi”, the All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC) claimed.
A cultural programme is supposed to be held at Ramlila Ground today where prominent singers and poets from rural India would perform.
From the past couple of months, the country has witnessed a number of protests by farmers. On October 2, the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, farmers from the neighbouring states of Haryana and Punjab were not allowed to launch a protest in Delhi, which later led to a violent confrontation with the state police at the Delhi border.
Earlier, on November 22, nearly 30,000 farmers and tribals under the aegis of Lok Sangharsh Morcha demanding farm loan waiver, land ownership etc. Previously, Around 25,000 farmers under the banner of All India Kisan Sabha carried out a protest march in the national capital demanding a complete farm loan waiver.