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.
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
Radha Mohan Singh counters Kejriwal's claims on crop insurance scheme
मोदी सरकार द्वारा चलाई गई प्रधानमंत्री फसल बीमा योजना में खरीफ एवं रबी फसल में अब तक की सबसे न्यूनतम दर तय की गई है। जो क्रमशः अधिकतम 2 प्रतिशत और 1.5 प्रतिशत है। इसमें खड़ी फसल के साथ साथ बुवाई से पहले और कटाई के बाद के जोखिमों को भी शामिल किया गया है।— Radha Mohan Singh (@RadhamohanBJP) November 30, 2018
Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh on farm crisis
जबकि मोदी सरकार के आने के बाद किसान की आय वर्ष 2022 तक दुगनी करने के लक्ष्य को पूरा करने के उद्देश्य से इन सभी क्षेत्रों के विकास के लिए सकारात्मक प्रयास किए गए है।— Radha Mohan Singh (@RadhamohanBJP) November 30, 2018
We cannot leave farmers alone: Rahul Gandhi
किसान देश पर भार नहीं हैं।— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) November 30, 2018
किसान देश का सार हैं|
देश का किसान संकट में है|
उनकी उम्मीद टूट रही है।
उनके दिल में दर्द है।
हम किसान को अकेला नहीं छोड़ सकते।
चाहे कानून बदलना पड़े, सरकार बदलनी पड़े या प्रधानमंत्री बदलना पड़े, हम किसान का साथ देंगे। किसान के साथ न्याय होगा। pic.twitter.com/uiZ9lyCgET
Shameful that farmers have to commit suicide
"बहुत ही शर्म की बात है कि देश का किसान आत्महत्या कर रहा है और उसे अपनी बातें मनवाने के लिए दिल्ली चल कर आना पड़ रहा है।— AAP (@AamAadmiParty) November 30, 2018
मैं @narendramodi जी से निवेदन करता हूँ कि किसानों को उनकी फसलों का पूरा दाम दें, कर्ज़े माफ करें, जो फसल बर्बाद हुई है उसका उचित मुआवज़ा दें"- @ArvindKejriwal pic.twitter.com/yzpDgYgo9F
Arvind Kejriwal on crop insurance scheme
“किसान फ़सल बीमा योजना” बहुत बड़ा घोटाला है। किसान के अकाउंट से बीमा कम्पनी बिना किसान की मर्ज़ी के पैसे निकलवा लेती है और फ़सल बर्बाद होने पर किसान को कोई claim नहीं मिलता। ये योजना केवल बीमा कंपनियों के मालिकों को फ़ायदा देने के लिए है— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) November 30, 2018
ये दरअसल “भाजपा किसान डाका योजना” है
'Let us set aside our political differences and work together to address the concerns of our farmers'
It is high time that the Parliament debates the ongoing agrarian crisis & comes up with solutions to deal w/the fundamental problems facing our farmers. 70% of our citizens are farmers, and yet they struggle to get their voices heard.— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) November 30, 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.
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
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
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.
'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.
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.
'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.
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.
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.
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.
Modi Government and BJP are boasting about betterment of India's position in the 'Ease of Doing Business' index. But, with 'Ease of Doing Business', India should also better itself in 'Ease of Doing Agriculture'. This is very important @narendramodi avare.#FarmersMarch— H D Devegowda (@H_D_Devegowda) November 30, 2018
Watch: Why loan waivers are not a fix and the appeal of Swaminathan formula
'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.
CPI-M's Sitaram Yechury shares video of farmers' march in Delhi, calls PM Modi 'anti farmer'
Farmers are here to claim their due. Modi govt, the most anti-farmer ever, must go. They have time for fixing their big business cronies’ problems. Just a deafening silence on farmers. The new govt must implement proper policies that enable our Kisans to recover from the crisis. pic.twitter.com/xVfUdzIsM4— Sitaram Yechury (@SitaramYechury) November 30, 2018
Protesters reach parliament, Kejriwal expected to address the gathering
The march has reached Parliament street, there is a huge gathering of people. A stage has been set up on the road outside the Parliament street police station. Among leaders, Medha Patkar, Aruna Roy, Yogendra Yadav, Vijoo Krishnan are on the stage. Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal is expected to reach at around 4 pm.
PHOTOS: Sea of farmers march to Parliament, traffic woes loom
Thousands of farmers from across India are marching from Ramlila Maidan to Parliament, in demand for an end to the agrarian crisis in the country as well as a special sitting to discuss the situation.
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Farmers march towards Parliament
(Express photo by Praveen Khanna)
Farmers rally in Delhi disrupts traffic, at least 1000 traffic police personnel deployed
Traffic was affected on the Jawaharlal Nehru Marg, the stretch near Guru Nanak Eye hospital, Maharaja Ranjit Singh flyover, Barakhamba Chowk and Janpath on Friday morning. Commuters were advised to avoid these routes.
"Due to this march, Kasturba Gandhi Marg, Ferozshah Road, Janpath, Mandir Marg, Panchkuian Marg, Ashoka Road, Jai Singh Marg and inner and outer circles of Connaught Place will be effected. Our senior traffic officials, along with other traffic personnel, are managing traffic," a senior traffic police official said.
Around 1,000 traffic police personnel have been deployed between Ramlila maidan and Parliament to ensure that commuters do not face inconvenience. (PTI)
Delhi traffic police will post real-time traffic updates on social media sites
Commuters in the city are advised to stay updated. Traffic police will give real-time updates of affected traffic routes on social media. Around 1,000 traffic personnel have been deployed in all these routes to plan diversions and to keep traffic smooth: Jt. CP (Traffic) on farmers' protest in Delhi
Atleast 12 police companies, as many as 3,5000 police personnel have been deployed
Over 3,500 police personnel have been deployed as the farmers are likely to begin their march from the Ramlila Maidan to Parliament at 10.30 am. According to a senior police officer, special arrangements have been made in Central and New Delhi police districts. As many as 850 police personnel, up to the rank of sub-inspectors, have been deployed in the Central district. They will be augmented by the presence of 12 police companies, including two of women, comprising 75-80 personnel each, a police official said.
"We will start marching toward Parliament around 10.30 am. We had discussion with police Thursday night so that the event goes on smoothly," the National Secretary of All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS), Atul Anjaan, said. (PTI)
‘Ayodhya nahi, karz maafi’: Ramlila Maidan resonates as farmers gather from across India
The ground started filling up from about 10.30 am on Thursday when farmers from Delhi and nearby Haryana and Punjab started pouring in. About 13,000 people reached the ground and many were still on their way. Amid the red, some farmers were also seen in other colours. While, those from Tamil Nadu were in green and carrying skulls, some were in yellow.
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Farmers' march: Artistes, professors and photographers show solidarity
Several groups of professionals held a “solidarity” march near Mumbai's Dadar station on Thursday as part of the nationwide ‘Nation For Farmers’ movement. About 60 protesters gathered at the station, alongside similar protests in Nashik, Nagpur, Jalna, Pune and Aurangabad.
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Delhi farmers’ march: Amid hard demands, some poetry, dance and bananas
Dressed in a white and green veshti, two farmers from Tamil Nadu danced to a number sung by three farmers from Bihar on agrarian crisis. They barely understood each other, but at Ramlila Maidan on Thursday, they were “brothers” by fate, bound by the same crisis.
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Farmers took their lives, daughters want their voices heard
“Money lenders come home and harass us… my father had taken the land on lease, and was under huge debt. The government should waive the loan, so others don’t die,” said Kalyani. She is one of the over 50 women from various districts of Telangana who travelled 30 hours in trains to reach the Capital, and walked with photos of their fathers or husbands, all farmers who had committed suicide.
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Support for farmers from various organisations
Vounteers, including doctors, lawyers, professors and artists, all came out in large numbers in support of the agitating farmers. Volunteers of welfare organisation 'Khudai Khidmatgar' offered some comfort to the weary farmers in the cold weather. Another group of 25-30 doctors offered medical aid till about 11 pm, some of them took off from work to volunteer.
All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) leader Atul Anjaan said Delhi Jal Board will provide them water tanks and AAP local MLAs will give food packets. Five Gurdwaras extended their help to the farmers. Bangla Sahib Gurdwara, Sisganj Sahib, Rakabganj, Bap Sahib and Majnu Ka Tila will provide accommodation to farmers for the night, said Anjaan. However, majority of the farmers will stay at Ramlila Maidan in tents, he said.
Farmers braved chilly night at Ramlila Maidan before Friday's protest
Farmers converged at the historic Ramlila Ground to press for their demands, including debt relief and remunerative prices for their produce. They spent the night at the ground before marching to Parliament on Friday. Inside the tents, farmers, both men and women, from all parts of India tried to sleep in a chilly night, while many sat huddled together, discussing strategy and family issues. (PTI)
Farmers protesting at Ramlila grounds in Delhi
Thousands of farmers from across the country converged at Delhi's Ramlila Grounds demanding debt relief and remunerative prices for their produce. (Express photo by Praveen Khanna)
Ramlila Maidan: JDS leader Devegowda appeals to PM Narendra Modi to take note of farmers' plight
Former PM & JDS leader HD Devegowda at farmers' protest in Delhi's Ramlila Maidan: PM should personally take note of this. I would like to appeal to Union Govt to try to solve the problem. Farmers are awakened now. They know how to punish. No govt can survive without farmers. pic.twitter.com/fuJEk84MKE— ANI (@ANI) November 29, 2018
Singer Jasbir Jassi performs at Ramlila Maidan
PHOTOS: Visuals of Ramlila Maidan where farmers have arrived today to demand for a special Parliament session