Delhi farmers’ protest: CM Arvind Kejriwal demands implementation of Swaminathan report

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Congress president Rahul Gandhi, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Communist Party of India (Marxist) general secretary Sitaram Yechury, Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar, Sharad Yadav and others participated in the protest.

Around 600-700 volunteers of a solidarity group "Nation For Farmers" marched with the protesters from the four assembly points.

In August, Swabhimani Paksha MP Raju Shetti and CPM MP K K Ragesh had introduced private member's bills in Parliament seeking legislations on farmers' right to guaranteed remunerative minimum support prices for all crops and relief from indebtedness.

Even after promises by the state governments, these farmers who have gathered from different parts of the country, including Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, MP and UP are feeling cheated by the state administration and are demanding an immediate action in the case.

Indian farmers and agricultural laborers march towards the Indian Parliament during a protest rally in New Delhi, India, Friday, Nov. 30, 2018.

Addressing the two-day farmers" protest at Parliament Street, the fourth in the capital this year, the political leaders also backed the demand for passage of legislation guaranteeing "freedom from indebtedness" and "remunerative prices' in line with recommendations of the Swaminathan Commission.

The group from Tamil Nadu had threatened to march naked if they are not allowed to go to Parliament on Friday.They had previous year staged protests at Jantar Mantar with the skulls of eight farmers who killed themselves owing to losses. A cultural programme was held at Ramlila Ground in the evening. Join the hands that toil to feed us.

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"Women farmers greet us this morning from Bijwasan as they are all set to embark on #KisanMuktiMarch".

The meeting saw opposition leaders attack PM Narendra Modi, saying the government failed to meet the expectation of the farming community and the MSP schemes were an attempt to hoodwink people. "And, it's been four and a half years since they came to power". Tomorrow 1 lakh farmers from across the country are marching to Delhi to ask for fair prices & freedom from debt.

Meanwhile, the police said they have made elaborate arrangements for the farmers march that will start from Ramlila Maidan on Friday and move towards Parliament.

"Forces were deployed along the border areas and no tractor-trolley was allowed to get into Delhi", Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Ghaziabad, Upendra Agarwal said.

Over 3L farmers have committed suicide in India in last 15 yrs, due to successive govts betraying them.

"They also face a very big water crisis and want the Swaminathan Commission report to be implemented", Sainath said.

Traffic was affected on the stretch between Majnu Ka Tila and Chandi Ram Akhada, ISBT, Kashmere Gate, Samalkha and NH 8, Dhaula Kuan and Noida and Delhi.