Thousands of farmers and workers started their Kisan-Mazdoor Sangharsh rally Wednesday morning from Ramlila Maidan in New Delhi. The protesters started arriving in the national capital from various states since Tuesday and were camping at Ramlila Maidan. They have reached Parliament street and will march towards Jantar Mantar as well. The demands of the protesters are effective implementation of labour laws, minimum wage, more employment, and recognition of one crore Anganwadi and ASHA workers as a workforce.
The Kisan-Mazdoor Sangharsh rally has been organised by outfits affiliated to CPI(M) — Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) and All India Agriculture Workers Union (AIAWU). Also in attendance are those who participated in the Kisan March in Maharashtra in March this year to demand a loan waiver and proper minimum support price for farmers.
Worker-farmer rally in Delhi today over minimum support price and minimum wage. Follow LIVE Updates here.
Leaders of trade unions and farmers' organisations addressed the rally at the Parliament Street
Thousands of farmers and workers took out a protest march in the national capital Wednesday demanding remunerative prices for farm produce as per the Swaminathan Committee recommendations, loan waiver and a minimum wage of not less than Rs 18,000 a month, reports PTI.
The 'Mazdoor Kishan Sangharsh Rally', which has been organised by Left-wing farmers' and workers' outfits, began from the Ramlila Maidan and culminated at the Parliament Street.
'This massive gathering itself reflects the failure of the Modi govt'
This massive gathering itself reflects the failure of the Modi govt: T Narendra Rao, the general secretary of Water Transport Federation of India.
A cultural programme is being held highlighting indispensable role of farmers across country
Thousands of farmers and workers have turned up at Parliament street for Mazdoor-Kishan Sangharsh rally
Biggest rally of working people that Delhi has seen in decades: CPI(M)
This is the biggest rally of the working people that Delhi has seen in decades. The entire 1 km stretch from Parliament Street police station to the outer circle of Connaught circus is full of people carrying Red Flags, so is the Tolstoy marg. #KisanMazdoorFightBack pic.twitter.com/zFHtD7hecS— CPI (M) (@cpimspeak) September 5, 2018
Protesters have reached Parliament Street
See photo from the rally across Delhi today
This historic rally marks a new stage in the struggle of working people of India: CPI(M)
This historic rally of Workers, farmers & agricultural labourers demanding better wages, more jobs, better prices for farm produce, end to privatisation, stopping changes in labour laws, etc. marks a new stage in the struggle of working people of India. #KisanMazdoorFightBack pic.twitter.com/RBqqIMy01p— CPI (M) (@cpimspeak) September 5, 2018
This Rally signifies organised resistance to Modi Govt's neo-liberal policies: CPI(M)
Kishan Sabha president salutes fighting comrades of Kerala who have come inspite of terrible floods
Ashok Dhawale, President @KisanSabha, addressing #MazdoorKisanSangharshRally salutes the fighting comrades of Kerala who have come inspite of the terrible floods there & the comrades of Tripura & Bengal who have organised inspite of the state organised violence against them. pic.twitter.com/mt1SgH6RbQ— CPI (M) (@cpimspeak) September 5, 2018
Sansad Marg, Janpath and KG Marg are closed for traffic movement
Traffic Alert— Delhi Traffic Police (@dtptraffic) September 5, 2018
Sansad Marg,Janpath and KG Marg are closed for traffic movement due to procession/demonstration and Motorists are advised to take Baba Kharak Singh Marg and Ashoka Road as alternative route.
Heavy traffic from Laxmi Nagar towards ITO
Traffic Alert— Delhi Traffic Police (@dtptraffic) September 5, 2018
Traffic is heavy in the carriageway from Laxmi Nagar Towards ITO. Kindly avoid the stretch.
Protestors arrive in massive numbers for Mazdoor-Kisan Sangharsh Rally in new Delhi
Workers, kisans, khetMazdoors have arrived in massive numbers for the Mazdoor-Kisan Sangharsh Rally in New Delhi on 5 September. They are determined to send a powerful message to the anti-people Modi govt. The atmosphere is festive, with songs, dances and camaraderie.
Workers, kisans, khetMazdoors have arrived in massive numbers for the Mazdoor-Kisan Sangharsh Rally in New Delhi on 5 September. They are determined to send a powerful message to the anti-people Modi govt. The atmosphere is festive, with songs, dances and camaraderie. pic.twitter.com/pbwfHCK49c— CPI (M) (@cpimspeak) September 5, 2018
'I earn Rs 1,000 a month… it should be raised to Rs 18,000 a month', says an ASHA worker
ASHA worker Neha Chandravanshi (36) took a van, a bus, a train and an auto to reach the city from Gopalganj in MP. “I earn Rs 1,000 a month… it should be raised to Rs 18,000 a month… we should be made permanent,” she said.
A young farmer from Palakkad, Kerala, rode his bike to Delhi
Swaroop K Ravindran, a young farmer from Palakkad, Kerala, rode his bike to Delhi, meeting farmers in Tamil Nadu, Telangana and Madhya Pradesh along the way. “I was inspired by the Long March,” he said.
Sitaram Yechury, Brinda Karat, Prakash Karat met protestors at Ramlila Maidan Tuesday evening
In the evening, Left leaders Sitaram Yechury, Brinda Karat and Prakash Karat met protesters. According to Hemlata, planning for the rally began five months ago: “The aim was to ‘reach the unreached’. We started with workshops by state-level leaders, then district-level workshops, and finally went to factories to talk about basic demands. We printed booklets on 31 issues, such as labour laws and minimum wage, in various languages, and distributed one crore pamphlets.”
Team of Delhi govt’s Mobile Health Scheme present
A four-member team of the Delhi government’s Mobile Health Scheme are there for providing painkillers, diarrhoea medicines, and pills for cold and fever to the protesters. “From 10 am to 5 pm, we have treated 699 people,” said Dr Vineet Kumar Sahu, a medical officer.
Farmers who protested in Kisan Long March in Maharashtra are also in attendance
Those who participated in the Kisan Long March in Maharashtra in March this year, including Narendra Varade (22), Yogi Satpute (40) and Parshoram (71) from Peint in Nashik, are also present at the Ramlila Maidan. “I work for seven hours daily on someone’s farm and earn Rs 10. After the Long March, we were promised land to survive, where is it?” asked Parshoram, who spent Rs 700 on a single train ticket — a sum he earns in close to three months.
Sarkaar se beeja maange hai yaa jagah-jameen, says a farmer from Bihar
“Sarkaar se beeja maange hai yaa jagah-jameen,” said Somari Devi (70), who started her journey three days ago from a village in Runi Saidpur in Bihar’s Sitamarhi district to reach Delhi’s Ramlila Maidan. She earns Rs 50 a day working on a farm. Devi is one of the thousands of farmers and workers who have reached the capital from various states for the worker-peasant rally, to be held from Parliament Street to Jantar Mantar Wednesday.
State-wise camps have been set up at Ramlila Maidan
At the maidan, state-wise camps have been set up, along with a medical camp and a storage area for protest paraphernalia. While some queue up for a thaali comprising eight puris and aloo sabzi for Rs 25, others gather around a farmer who sings “kamaaye koi aur khaaye koi/ yeh seh naa sakenge.”
What are the farmers' demand?
Hemlata, president of CITU, said, “We demand effective implementation of labour laws, minimum wage, more employment, and recognition of one crore anganwadi and ASHA workers as a workforce.”
PM Modi had promised two crore jobs, where are they? asks AIKS member
The protest has been organised by the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) and All India Agriculture Workers Union (AIAWU) — affiliated to the CPM. “The wage issue unites peasants and workers. Farmers aren’t getting minimum support price and workers minimum wage. PM Modi had promised two crore jobs, where are they? If the government can’t change policies, peasants and workers will change the government,” said AIKS member Krishnaprasad.
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