“If the loans of industrialists can be waived off, then the debt of farmers must be waived off as well. I assure the farmers of India, we are with you. Don’t be scared. Aapki shakti ne iss desh ko banaaya hai,” Rahul says.
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal now addresses the farmers. “The Modi government has cheated the farmers. They are abandoned and forgotten. Farmers are not beggars, they are seeking what is rightfully theirs. The Jai Kisan slogan has been forgotten,” he said.
“If the loans of industrialists can be waived off, then the debt of farmers must be waived off as well. I assure the farmers of India, we are with you, don’t feel afraid. Aapki shakti ne is desh ko banaya hai,” said Gandhi at farmers’ protest in Delhi.
“The Modi government has looted farmers to fill the pockets of his industrialist friends… This government favours the rich, not the kisan. The farmers are asking for their rights, and the Congress will stand beside all of them and will not rest till their demands and needs are fulfilled,” Rahul Gandhi said.
Rahul Gandhi addresses farmers at Parliament Street. “Farmers and youth are being ignored by the government, while loans of multi-millionaires are being waived off,” he says.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi to address protesting farmers in New Delhi
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will be addressing the farmer’s protest at New Delhi today at 4pm.
New Delhi: Hoping to send a message to Prime Minister Narendra Modi–led Central government, thousands of farmers from across India began a two-day protest in Delhi on Thursday with demands, including debt relief and remunerative prices for their produce.
Chants of ‘Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan’ (Hail soldiers, hail farmers), ‘Haq’ (right) and ‘Ayodhya nahi, karz maafi chahiye’ (Not Ayodhya, we want debt relief) resonated on Thursday as farmers took out a two-day Kisan Mukti March in the national capital, pressing for their demands. The farmers will start their march towards Parliament street on Friday. Police have made special arrangements for the protest with 3,500 personnel called in, according to news.
More than one lakh farmers started a mega protest march on Thursday from Brijwasan on the outskirts of Delhi to Ramlila grounds, demanding special parliament session to discuss the agrarian crisis. The two-day ‘Kisan Mukti March’ has been organized by the All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC).
The Kisan Mukti March, also being called ‘Chalo Dilli’, aims to bring attention to the agrarian crisis of the country. The farmers are demanding a special 21-day session of the Parliament on the agrarian crisis and other related issues including debt relief and better minimum support price (MSP) for crops. The march is being led by All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC), which is representing over 200 farmer outfits.
Farmers and rural labourers from Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Gujarat, Bihar, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, and other states converged in the national capital.
Many political leaders, including Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and NCP chief Sharad Pawar, National Conference`s Farooq Abdullah, Trinamool Congress` Dinesh Trivedi, Loktantrik Janata Dal`s Sharad Yadav, social activists including Medha Patkar and journalist P. Sainath, have extended their support to the rally.
“Farmers who reached Delhi in the national capital to knock on the doors of Parliament and the government are demanding a loan waiver and adequate MSP for their produce. They at least want the Parliament to listen to their woes by having a special session,” Communist Party of India’s minister D Raja said.
The historic ground, known for hosting big political events over the years, resonated with slogans like Ayodhya nahi, karz maafi chahiye earlier in the day.