June 15, 2015 1:08:24 am
A day after Swaraj Abhiyan, a group formed by expelled AAP leaders Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav, launched its Jai Kisan Andolan, leaders said they will go on a 10-day march in the beginning of August which will touch at least 5,000 villages in Haryana. Organisers said the “tractor” march will halt in Haryana on August 4 and August 5 before heading to Delhi on August 10.
A statement by the group said that discussions are being held, and by June 25, district and block-wise coordination incharges would be set up. “We decided in the national coordination committee meeting that we will go from village to village in Haryana and speak to farmers and labourers and understand their problems. When the march reaches Parliament, representatives will be reminded of the responsibility that they have towards the country’s farmers,” a member of the Abhiyan said.
In its first phase, the movement will focus on states such as Bihar, West Bengal and Maharashtra and reach out to farmers. The second phase — the “tractor march” being held under Yadav’s leadership — will begin on August 1 from Punjab before finally ending in Delhi 10 days later.
“We are planning the event meticulously. At the meeting on Sunday, several responsibilities were given such as social media logistics, IT, volunteer responsibility and so on. To streamline the process, Paramjit Singh has been appointed the general secretary to take decisions for the march,” a leader said.
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