New Delhi: A month after six farmers killed in police firing during farmers’ protest in Mandsaur in Madhya Pradesh, a large body of farmers from various associations came under a single banner and announced a countrywide agitation. The protest will start from Mandsaur and culminate in Champaran in Bihar. Under the banner of All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee, the farmers will start their ‘yatra’ on July 6 in the form of march to arrive in Champaran on October 2.

Addressing the media, Yogendra Yadav, National President of Swaraj Abhiyan and also a member of the Kisan Committee, said,”This is a historic day for farmers. It is after a very long time that so many farmer unions have come under one roof to become part of a unified movement. A total of 130 associations have already consented to become part of the committee… we are expecting more to join soon.”

The working committee comprises of Raju Shetty, Member of Parliament from Maharashtra; and Hannan Mollah, General secretary of All India Kisan Sabha, the peasant wing of Communist Party of India-Marxist, and P Ayyakannu, who had led Tamil Nadu farmers during the 40-day agitation at Jantar Mantar recently.

As per the reports of leading news agency IANS, the committee has also decided to raise with the Central government two issues,” assurance of Minimum Support Price (MSP), as recommended by the MS Swaminathan panel in its report, and waiver of all farm debts.

VM Singh, the National President of Rashtriya Kisan-Mazdoor Party and also the convenor of the working committee of newly formed body, pointed out that the two things on agenda were promised by Prime Minister Narendra Modi also.

“It has been three years now since he made those promises… He had said that he will ensure 50 percent profit above the cost of crop (as recommended by Swaminathan in the report) and will waive off farmers’ debts. We want to remind him to make good on his promises,” Singh further told the media.

(With inputs from IANS)