New Delhi: On Gandhi Jayanti, at least 70,000 farmers from Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab and Haryana are expected to meet at Rajghat on Tuesday. They are protesting against the policies of the Narendra Modi Government, and to remind it of its promises to farmers. Security has been deployed on the Delhi-UP border for the ‘Kisan Kranti Padyatra’. For the yatra, farmers have come together under the banner of Bharatiya Kisan Union. Their demands include complete loan waiver and lower electricity tariff. Also Read - 'Farmers Gave Country Food Security, Modi Government Only Betrayed Them': Rahul Gandhi
On Monday, the Delhi Police imposed prohibitory orders in East Delhi in anticipation of the yatra’s arrival in Delhi. Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code prohibits an assembly of five people or more in an area where it has been imposed. The orders will be in place till October 8 and will cover the areas of Preet Vihar, Shakarpur, Pandav Nagar, Jagatpuri, Kalyanpuri, Ghazipur, Mandawli, Madhu Vihar, Mayur Vihar, and New Ashok Nagar. Also Read - Section 144 Imposed Around India Gate, No Gathering Permissible: Delhi Police
Reports say that Union minister Chaudhary Virendra Singh held a meeting with farmer representatives. Agriculture Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, UP Sugarcane minister Suresh Rana and Laxmi Narayan were also present. Farmer representatives are likely to convey the Government’s message to the agitators. There could be another round of talks between the farmers and the Government, said reports. Also Read - Bharat Band: Agitating Farmers Make Way For Ambulances, Ensure Peaceful Protest | Watch Viral Videos
On September 30, the BKU had announced that their padyatra, that had begun from Haridwar, will reach the national capital on the occasion of the 149th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi on October 2.
Earlier this month, social activist Anna Hazare had announced that he would sit on a hunger strike from October 2 over issues like appointment of Lokpal and welfare measures for the agrarian sector, including Rs 5,000 monthly pension for farmers. According to a statement, Hazare also sought implementation of the Swaminathan Commission recommendations to alleviate the plight of farmers.