New Delhi: For the fourth time this year, over one lakh farmers started congregating in the national capital on November 29 to protest against the Centre’s ‘anti-farmer’ policies. Reports suggest that some political leaders have also been invited to attend the rally which will end on November 30. (Also read: Kisan Rally Begins in Delhi as Farmers, Workers Seek Way Out of Agrarian Crisis)
The rally is touted as “one of the largest congregations of farmers” in the national capital in recent times, the All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC) was quoted as saying by PTI.
Meanwhile, the march sent the traffic into a tizzy in some parts of the national capital. On Thursday morning, farmers arrived at Anand Vihar railway station where they were welcomed by members of Left-backed students’ outfit AISA. They also reached Bijwasan in southwest Delhi and began their march towards Ramlila Maidan.
Due to this march, traffic on Bijwasan and Dwarka Link Road has been affected, with police asking commuters to avoid the stretch. Farmer leaders said they were expecting as many as one lakh farmers at Ramlila Maidan by evening. On Friday, they will march from there to Parliament.
The protest is being seen as a culmination of protest against different Government initiatives over the past two years, including the introduction in Parliament of two private member’s bills demanding remunerative prices for all crops and freedom from indebtedness. The bills were supported by 22 political parties. Leaders of the movement, backed by the Left parties, have also invited all non-BJP parties, seeking their support for the passage of the two bills.
Meanwhile, police said adequate arrangements were in place to ensure that no untoward incidents occurred during the two-day rally. AIKSCC convenor Hannan Mollah said that farmers will start the march from different corners of Delhi – Bijwasan, Majnu Ka Tila, Nizamuddin and Anand Vihar to Ramlila Ground in the heart of the city.
Leaders of different political parties will address the gathering on November 30 at Parliament Street, he said.
The AIKSCC, which claims to be an umbrella body of 207 outfits, said a cultural programme would be held at the Ramlila Ground on November 29 where prominent singers and poets from rural India would perform.
Police said they arrangements have been made for the November 30 rally when the farmers will begin their march from the Ramlila Ground to Parliament Street.
Earlier, in the October rally, farmers under Bharatiya Kisan Union, who had walked from Haridwar to Delhi, were stopped on the Delhi-UP border leading to a clash with the police.