Thousands of farmers have assembled from all parts of the country in the national capital for the ‘Kisan March’ on the agrarian crisis. This is the third farmers’ protest in three months. The farmers from Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh began the march to Parliament Street to press for their demands, including debt relief and remunerative prices for their produce.
The All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC) said that more than one lakh farmers are expected to be a part of the massive rally.
The farmers are demanding farm loan waiver, an increase in minimum support price and a special Parliamentary session on farmer distress.
More than 3,500 police personnel have deployed to ensure security at the event.
The last time farmers protested in Delhi was on October 2 and they were met with tear gas, barricades and water cannons.
Farmers from Maharashtra’s Palghar town want to save their land, which is likely to be acquired for the bullet train project.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe had on September 14, 2017, launched the Rs. 1.10 lakh crore Ahmedabad-Mumbai High-Speed Rail Network.
A group from Tamil Nadu threatened to march naked if they are not allowed to go to Parliament on Friday. Last year, the group staged protests at Jantar Mantar with the skulls of eight farmers who killed themselves owing to farm losses.
Volunteers, including doctors, lawyers, professors and artists, all came out in large numbers to help.
Five gurudwaras in Delhi have extended support to the farmers. Bangla Sahib Gurdwara, Sisganj Sahib, Rakabganj, Bap Sahib and Manju Ka Tila provided accommodation to farmers for the night.