Thousands of farmers started their protest march towards Delhi’s Ramlila Maidan on Thursday, 29 November to demand for redressal of issues related to agrarian distress. The rally has been organised by The All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC) in collaboration with over 200 farmers’ outfits.
Farmers from five different locations started marching towards the Ramlila ground in the heart of the city. Thousands will be in the capital on 29-30 November. On Friday, the farmers will walk from Ramlila Maidan to the Parliament Street to demand a Joint Session of Parliament to discuss the agrarian crisis in India.
- Farmers from 200 groups represented by the All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee started marching towards Ramlila Maidan.
- The farmers demand implementation of the MS Swaminathan Committee report, increased MSP and a Parliament session to discuss two Bills.
- Police said they have made adequate arrangements to ensure that no untoward incidents occur during the two-day rally of farmers.
Delhi Traffic Police tweeted to alert commuters about slow traffic due to farmers’ march. “Traffic towards Dwarka Link Road from Bijwasan village has been affected due to Kisan rally. Avoid the stretch,” the tweet said. Traffic has also been hit on NH8 connecting Delhi with Gurugram, the traffiic police said.
Farmers, from Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and other states, will march on four different routes in the national capital, starting at three major railway stations — Anand Vihar, Nizamuddin and Bijwasan — and at Sabzi Mandi, their leaders said.
बिजवासन गाँव से Dwarka Link Road की तरफ जाने वाले शाही रोड पर किसान रैली के कारण यातायात प्रभावित है कृपया इस मार्ग के प्रयोग से बचेंI
— Delhi Traffic Police (@dtptraffic) November 29, 2018
All the marchers will pour in at Ramlila Ground in the heart of the city by today evening.
The two-day rally will be “one of the largest congregations of farmers” in Delhi, the All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC) has claimed.
The AIKSCC, which claims to be an umbrella body of 207 organisations of farmers and agricultural workers, said a cultural programme would be held at Ramlila Ground on Thursday, the first day of the protest, where prominent singers and poets from rural India would perform.