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Farmers’ march Highlights: They are not seeking gift from govt on farm loan waiver, says Rahul Gandhi

Kisan Mukti March Highlights: There are 3,500 personnel deployed to oversee the farmers protest from Ramlila Maidan to Parliament in New Delhi.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 30, 2018 9:19:48 pm
Oppositions leaders show unity at Kisan Mukti Morcha. (Express Photo by PRAVEEN KHANNA)

Opposition leaders Friday mounted their attack on the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led central government over the prevailing agrarian crisis in the country, as a sea of farmers descended on Parliament Street with a clutch of demands. Lending his support to the kisan rally, Congress President Rahul Gandhi said, “Farmers not seeking gift from govt on farm loan waiver, they are asking for what’s due to them.” Meanwhile, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal issued a warning to the BJP government and said, “Modi govt should implement Swaminathan panel report soon, otherwise farmers will wreak havoc in 2019 polls.”

Thousands of farmers from across India marched to Parliament from Ramlila Maidan, demanding an end to the agrarian crisis in the country as well as a special sitting to discuss the situation. Farmers, who have banded together under All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC), had gathered in New Delhi on Thursday.

The AIKSCC claims that the rally is “one of the largest congregations of farmers” in the national capital in recent times. Police have made elaborate arrangements for the rally, with at least 3,500 personnel deployed along the route.

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Farmers are marching from Ramlila Maidan to Parliament in New Delhi in demand for change in the agrarian sector. Follow Highlights below. Read in Malayalam

18:02 (IST)30 Nov 2018
Radha Mohan Singh counters Kejriwal's claims on crop insurance scheme
18:01 (IST)30 Nov 2018
Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh on farm crisis
17:39 (IST)30 Nov 2018
We cannot leave farmers alone: Rahul Gandhi
17:38 (IST)30 Nov 2018
Shameful that farmers have to commit suicide
17:08 (IST)30 Nov 2018
Arvind Kejriwal on crop insurance scheme
16:07 (IST)30 Nov 2018
'Let us set aside our political differences and work together to address the concerns of our farmers'
16:05 (IST)30 Nov 2018
Crop insurance scheme is BJP's Kisan Daka Yojna: Kejriwal

Kejriwal at Parliament Street: Farmers are not begging, they want what is rightfully due to them. The farm insurance scheme of the Centre is essentially a scheme to rob farmers. Kejriwal terms the Crop Insurance Scheme f the government as Kisan Daka Yojna. 

16:02 (IST)30 Nov 2018
PM Modi has stabbed the farmers in their back: Kejriwal

Kejriwal at Parliament Street: You have come to Delhi carrying a lot of pain. A country which records the deaths of its farmers, cannot make any progress. It's unfortunate that you had to travel this far to make yourself heard. The BJP Govt had promised to implement the Swaminathan report. But the Modi government has filed an affidavit in the SC, saying they cannot implement the Swaminathan report. The PM has backstabbed the farmers. He has five months left in office, he should withdraw the affidavit

15:59 (IST)30 Nov 2018
Farmer not asking Modi for gifts, they’re asking for their rights: Rahul Gandhi

“Farmer not asking Modi for gifts, they’re asking for their rights...there are different parties here and different thought processes but when it comes to future of farmers and youth, we are together. This is the show of strength of farmers and youth...you can’t silence their voice...five years ago, we all said if any government insults or demeans youth and farmers, then youth and farmers will remove that government. You give food to nation, you wake up at 4 am to give your blood and sweat to the nation. Nation is not run by one person or one party, it’s run by its women, youth and farmers.”- Rahul Gandhi

15:56 (IST)30 Nov 2018
AAP chief and Delhi CM Kejriwal reaches parliament Street

Delhi CM and convenor of Aam Aadmi Party Arvind Kejriwal has reached Parliament Street. He will shortly address farmers. 

15:53 (IST)30 Nov 2018
'Any govt that insults the youth and farmer of this country will be thrown out'

Rahul Gandhi at Farmer's march: Leaders of all parties are sitting here. We have different ideologies, but we are united for the future of this country, its youth and its farmers. Modiji speaks on behalf of business magnates like Anil Ambani. Any govt that insults the youth and farmer of this country will be thrown out. We stand with you. We are ready to do whatever you want, even if that involves changing law. This country is not run by an individual, it's run by you, its countless farmers who toil dawn till dusk.

15:52 (IST)30 Nov 2018
India is facing two issues-Unemployment and Farm crisi: Gandhi

Congress President Rahul Gandhi who has reached Parliament Street is addressing the farmer in the Kisan Mukti march. Gandhi targetting PM Modi said, "There are two issues facing this country today -unemployment and the farm crisis. In the last four years, the Modi govt has waived debt with Rs 3.5 lakh crore of 15 businessmen. If that can be done, it is also possible to waive the loan of our farmers. The farmers are demanding their rights, they aren't seeking any favours. 

15:39 (IST)30 Nov 2018
'Govt has not implemented a single major initiative for farmers in the past four and a half years'

Narmada Bachao Andolan activist Medha Patkar alleged the government from the "very beginning has been adopting pro-corporate policies and not a single major initiative for farmers has been launched by it". "The target of the BJP government is to handover farmers', adivasis' land to industrialists, corporate," Patkar claimed. Rajaram Singh, general secretary of All India Kisan Mahasabha (AIKM), alleged the government tried to "turn blackmoney into white" through demonetisation.

15:14 (IST)30 Nov 2018
We will unseat the BJP and bring an alternative: Sitaram Yechury

Sitaram Yechury to farmers: We will unseat the BJP and bring an alternative, and raise your issues in the Parliament. The BJP's brahmastra is the Ram mandir. They rake it up every five years, but we will have to tell them that today the marginalised, the workers, the farmers are all united. They misuse the name of Ram for votes. They talk about Ramayana, but forget Mahabharata. In Mahabharata, the Kauravas used to say how five Pandavas will defeat us. Today, does anybody remember the names of the Kauravas?

The growth rate of agriculture has come down under the Modi government as against the growth seen during the UPA era, adds Yechury.

15:07 (IST)30 Nov 2018
In Pics | Sea of farmers march to Parliament, traffic woes loom
14:53 (IST)30 Nov 2018
Farmers from 24 states have also joined the protest to press for their demands

The national secretary of the All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC), Asish Mittal, said farmers from 24 states have also joined the protest to press for their demands, including debt relief and remunerative prices for their produce. The farmers, who have been camping at the Ramlila ground here since Thursday, began their march to Parliament Street around 10.30 am amid heavy policy deployment. They were stopped near Parliament Street police station, after which they assembled there.

14:42 (IST)30 Nov 2018
India should better itself in 'ease of doing agriculture': Deve Gowda

Supporting the farmers' march in New Delhi, former prime minister H D Deve Gowda Friday said, along with "ease of doing business", India should also better itself in "ease of doing agriculture". Referring to the Karnataka government's farm loan waiver initiative, the JD(S) supremo urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi issue proper direction to banks who are issuing notices to farmers and creating uncertainties.

14:36 (IST)30 Nov 2018
Yogendra Yadav addresses farmers at Parliament Street
14:27 (IST)30 Nov 2018
Watch: Why loan waivers are not a fix and the appeal of Swaminathan formula

13:57 (IST)30 Nov 2018
'Proper arrangements made for security, traffic, law and order' says Deputy Commissioner of Police

Delhi Police held multiple rounds of talks with farmers' leaders and gave permission for the rally from Ramlila Maidan to Jantar Mantar, with conditions. We hope that they will follow those conditions. Proper arrangements made for security, traffic, law and order. Around 8,000 farmers have reached Ramlila Maidan. They will conclude their march at Parliament Street and culminate their protest from there: Madhur Verma Deputy Commissioner of Police, New Delhi.

farmers rally delhi Farmers march in Delhi LIVE UPDATES: Farmers at Ramlila Maidan in New Delhi on Thursday. (Express Photo/Amit Mehra)

Delhi farmers march LIVE UPDATES:

Farmers from across the country, who stormed the capital on Thursday, are demanding a special session of Parliament to discuss the continuing agrarian distress. They also want an assurance of the passage of two private member bills — one on loan waivers and one on assured procurement alongside MSP for farm produce.

Volunteers from the 'Nation for Farmers' set up welcome tables at various points in the city to coordinate with the AIKSCC Jatha coordinators and welcome farmers. Teachers, lawyers, doctors and other professionals and resident organisations in Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur have expressed their willingness to support the ‘Dilli Chalo’ movement, including making appeals to members to sign the online petition, talks are underway for seminars on agrarian issues to be held at city colleges, and through the political science department of Mumbai University.

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