New Delhi: Kisan Mukti Yatra, a nationwide farmers protest, led by the Swaraj Abhiyan, completed the final leg of their South India agitation in Bengaluru on September 23.
The agitation, announced by around 200 farmers in July has already covered Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
Hitting out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BM Singh, Convenor of All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC) said,”He (PM Modi) had said he cannot implement the recommendations of the Swaminathan Commission . Why did he promise to do so? Farmers will come together to say -keep your promise or leave.”
Talking to leading portal NDTV, Swaraj India Party President Yogendra Yadav, who was also a part of the gathering in Bengaluru, said,”Every day, during the rally, we heard stories of grief. Some parts of Karnataka have been witnessing drought for third straight year in a row. Farmers have been cheated not only by nature – but by prices.”
Swaraj Abhiyan in a statement had earlier said that farmers from all parts of the country had made two specific demands- farming be made remunerative and farmers be made debt-free.
The agitation began on July 6 from Mandsaur in Madhya Pradesh. The South India leg of the Kisan Mukti Yatra started on September 16 2017 in Hyderabad.