New Delhi: Thousands of farmers, who had converged at Ramlila Ground here a day earlier, arrived at Parliament Street on Friday. Reports said they were stopped near the police station there. These farmers hail from states like Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh. (Also read: Ramlila Maidan Resonates With Demands For ‘Haq’)
They are seeking a Joint Session of Parliament to discuss the agrarian crisis in India. As many as 200 farmer groups have come together under the All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee.
Traffic was affected on roads surrounding Ramlila Ground, Jawaharlal Nehru Marg, Deshbandhu Gupta Road, Rani Jhansi Road, Mandir Marg, Panchkuian Road, Barakhamba Road, Kasturba Gandhi Marg, Janpath, Ashoka Road, Ferozshah Road, Baba Kharak Singh Marg and Jai Singh Road and inner and outer circles of Connaught Place.
Delhi Traffic Police has advised people to follow its Facebook page, Twitter handle, Whatsapp and traffic helpline for live updates.
This is the third such protest in the past three months. On September 5, workers and peasants began their march from Ramlila Maidan. Then, on October 2, over 70,000 farmers, with a large convoy of tractors and trolleys, were stopped at the borders of Delhi, where police resorted to water cannons and tear gas firing to curb their movement forward. The yatra had begun from Haridwar on September 23 and was scheduled to conclude at the Kisan Ghat in New Delhi.
Former Prime Minister and Janata Dal (Secular) leader HD Deve Gowda said that PM Narendra Modi should take care of farmers’ demand and personally look into the matter. Speaking of farmers’ protest at Delhi’s Ramlila Maidan, he also appealed to the Union government to try to solve the problem as their voice matter and “no government can survive without farmers”.
Speaking to ANI, he said, “The PM should personally take note of this. I would like to appeal to Union Govt to try to solve the problem. Farmers are awakened now. They know how to punish. No govt can survive without farmers.”