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Rahul Gandhi, Kejriwal Join Protesting Farmers as Delhi's Ramlila Maidan Resonates With Demands for Justice

News18.com | November 30, 2018, 7:58 PM IST
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Farmers Protest in Delhi LIVE Updates: Taking up the cause of farmers who have marched into Delhi demanding loan waiver and remunerative prices for their produce, Congress president Rahul Gandhi asked the BJP government at the Centre as to what was stopping it from helping the farmers. Gandhi said that if the loans of industrialists can be waived off, then the farmers too must be heard and provided relief. He further complained that other than empty promises nothing has come the farmers' way. Rahul Gandhi was joined on the stage by other opposition leaders like Sharad Yadav, Sitaram Yechury, D Raja and Arvind Kejriwal too joined them.

Earlier, Deputy commissioner of police Madhur Verma said that multiple rounds of talks with protesting leaders were held, following which they were given permission to move to Jantar Mantar with "conditions". "Proper arrangements have been made for security, traffic and law and order. We hope that farmers will follow the conditions," he said.
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Nov 30, 2018 4:25 pm (IST)

Earlier, while addressing the protesters, Rahul Gandhi said, "If this government can waive Rs 3.5 lakh crore loans of 15 big industrialists, why can't the loans of crores of farmers in the country be waived?"

Nov 30, 2018 4:13 pm (IST)
Nov 30, 2018 4:13 pm (IST)

"Five months are left, I demand that the central government implement the Swaminathan report or these farmers will wreak havoc in 2019," says Kejriwal.

Nov 30, 2018 4:10 pm (IST)

Kejriwal Hits Out at PM Modi | Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal says if Prime Minister Narendra Modi had devoted even 10% of the attention he gives to industrialists, the farmers would not have taken to the streets. "Modi is harmful for Delhi and Delhiites," says Kejriwal.

Nov 30, 2018 3:56 pm (IST)

'No One Person Runs the Country' | Gandhi says no one person or party runs the country. "India is made and run by farmers, youth and labourers and we stand by them," he says amid cheers from protesting farmers. Several other leaders such as Sharad Yadav, Arvind Kejriwal and Sitaram Yechury are also in attendance at the rally to show their support for the farmers.

Nov 30, 2018 3:53 pm (IST)

Rahul Gandhi Repeats Rafale Jibe | Congress chief Rahul Gandhi repeats his Rafale attack at the government, says Prime Minister Narendra Modi only speaks for the industrialists. He says a government that disrespects the youth and farmers will be removed by the country.

Nov 30, 2018 3:51 pm (IST)

Rahul Gandhi Attacks Centre | Rahul Gandhi says PM Modi has duped the nation in the name of NPAs; adds that farmers and youth have been ignored by the government

Nov 30, 2018 3:50 pm (IST)

Rahul Gandhi joins protest, says farmers not asking for free gifts but their right

Nov 30, 2018 3:19 pm (IST)

Yechury said the Left parties will raise the issues of farmers in Parliamet but blamed the government for not paying heed to the troubles of the common man. "We will continue to put pressure on the government but we all know what this government does. We will continue our fight for as long as we are required to do so," he said.

Nov 30, 2018 3:17 pm (IST)

CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP government at the Centre over the agrarian crisis in the country. "The only thing this government can do is to take Ram's name. The BJP and the RSS do this every five years," he said.

Nov 30, 2018 2:59 pm (IST)

Deve Gowda on Kisan Rally | 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 (sic)," Deve Gowda tweeted. Noting that agriculture is still the backbone of Indian economy, the former prime minister, in another tweet, said, "Eradication of poverty, employment generation, rural development are all possible if India betters itself in 'Ease of Doing Agriculture' too."

Nov 30, 2018 2:36 pm (IST)

Rahul Gandhi, Arvind Kejriwal to Meet Farmers | Congress president Rahul Gandhi and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal will join the farmers' protest this evening. Senior JDU leader KC Tyagi, CPI national secretary D Raja and some Samajwadi party leaders are also likely to join the agitation.

Nov 30, 2018 2:11 pm (IST)

Farmers' protest in Delhi's Barakhamba Road this morning.

Nov 30, 2018 2:03 pm (IST)

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Nov 30, 2018 1:57 pm (IST)

Here's a News18 Creative by Mir Suhail, capturing the mood of the farmers agitation.

Nov 30, 2018 1:48 pm (IST)

Rally at Jantar Mantar With 'Condition' | After traffic came to a halt in Lutyens' Delhi due to large-scale farmers' protest, Deputy commissioner of police Madhur Verma said that multiple rounds of talks with protesting leaders were held, following which they were given permission to move to Jantar Mantar with "conditions". "Proper arrangements have been made for security, traffic and law and order. We hope that farmers will follow the conditions," he said.

Nov 30, 2018 1:24 pm (IST)

Over 3,500 police personnel have been deployed on the route of the march. According to a senior police officer, special arrangements have been made in Central and New Delhi police districts. Farmers from different parts of the country, including Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh converged at the Ramlila ground on Thursday. Banded under the AIKSCC, which claims to be an umbrella body of 207 organisations of farmers and agricultural workers, many farmers arrived in the city on Thursday, on trains, buses and other modes of transport. About 1,200 members of the National South Indian River Interlinking Agriculturalists Association reached the national capital in the early hours of Thursday carrying skulls of two of their colleagues who had committed suicide, their leader P Ayyakannu said. The group from Tamil Nadu had threatened to march naked if they are not allowed to go to Parliament on Friday.They had last year staged protests at Jantar Mantar with the skulls of eight  farmers who killed themselves owing to losses.

Nov 30, 2018 1:23 pm (IST)

Denied permission by police to march to Parliament, around 35,000 farmers from across the country have converged near Parliament Street Police station in the national capital on Friday, where their leaders addressed the protesters. 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.

Nov 30, 2018 12:59 pm (IST)

Traffic was affected on the Jawaharlal Nehru Marg, on 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. Around 1,000 traffic police personnel have been deployed between Ramlila maidan and Parliament to ensure that commuters do not face inconvenience. "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. Citizens were advised to follow the Delhi Traffic Police Facebook page, Twitter handle, WhatsApp and the traffic helpline for live updates. Over 3,500 police personnel have also been deployed on the route of the march and 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 have been augmented by the presence of 12 police companies, including two of women, each comprising 75-80 personnel, a police official said. In New Delhi district, 346 police personnel, up to the rank of sub-inspectors, have been deployed and 600 personnel from other districts will also help them, the official said.

Nov 30, 2018 12:57 pm (IST)

A group of 25-30 doctors also offered medical aid till about 11 pm. Some of them had taken off from work to volunteer. Rashid, a junior resident at AIIMS was among the doctor's volunteers who attended to people till Thursday night. "I took an off today from work, as I had to be here. They feed us, and we are not doing any favour by helping them, we are serving them," he told PTI. Doctors also came from Aligarh Muslim University and Rohtak and Chandigarh and other Delhi hospitals to assist farmers, many of whom complained of body ache as they had travelled long distance. "One person had fainted, so, after first aid, we sent him to LNJP Hospital," said Mahtab Alam, a doctor at a Delhi government hospital.

Nov 30, 2018 12:56 pm (IST)

Thousands of farmers from across the country converged Thursday at the historic Ramlila Ground after journeys that took some as long as 36 hours to complete 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 morning.  Kartar Singh, 50, a sugarcane farmer from Sambal district, Uttar Pradesh, was anxious about the march and was sleepless, but he's not complaining. "We have not come here to sleep. Farmers have converged in Delhi to remind the Centre that the party leading it had made promises of waiving off loans in its manifesto. And, it has been four-and-a-half years since they came to power," he said, with an edge of anger in his voice. Singh, a father of two sons is from Fatehpur Sarai village and, his younger son (22 years) has taken the field work while he is away. "My wife and children have told me, that I should fight and stay even for a week in Delhi, if needed," he said. Inside the tents, farmers, both men and women, from all parts of India tried to sleep on a chilly night, while many sat huddled together, discussing the next strategy and family issues.

Nov 30, 2018 12:40 pm (IST)

Women participate in the farmers' protest with photographs of their dead husbands, who committed suicide due to farm distress.

Nov 30, 2018 12:36 pm (IST)

MS Swaminathan on Kisan Rally Today | Veteran agriculturist MS Swaminathan, the architect of India's Green Revolution and the head of National Commission on Farmers (NCF), says that the two-day Kisan Mukti Morcha protest is an evidence of the growing agrarian unrest. "Farmers know only agitation and not reasoning will lead to action on their problems," he says.

Nov 30, 2018 12:24 pm (IST)

Tamil Nadu Farmers Bare it All for Their Demands | As the kisan rally arrived at the Parliament Street, Tamil Nadu farmers took off their clothes and used the skulls and bones of their "dead crop growers" to cover their private parts. About 1,200 members of the National South Indian River Interlinking Agriculturalists Association reached the national capital on Thursday carrying skulls of two of their colleagues who they claimed had committed suicide. Some were also spotted wearing a garland of dairy products.

Nov 30, 2018 12:03 pm (IST)

Farmers from all across the nation hold protest for the second day over their demands of debt relief, better MSP for crops, among others.

Nov 30, 2018 12:01 pm (IST)

Mobile toilets have been set up at Parliament Street for the farmers. Scores of Delhi University students are also providing essentials to the protesters.

Nov 30, 2018 11:44 am (IST)

Barakhamba Road, Others Blocked | Traffic in central Delhi has gone for a toss due to kisan rally in the national capital. Barakhamba Road and Kasturba Gandhi Marg have been blocked, while the procession is all over Leo Tolstoy Marg. Some farmer associations are raising slogans on the loudspeaker: "Rafale Chor, Gaddi Chhor" (Rafale Thief Must Leave).

Nov 30, 2018 11:34 am (IST)

Scores of farmers have also assembled at Jantar Mantar.

Nov 30, 2018 11:31 am (IST)

In New Delhi district, 346 police personnel, up to the rank of sub-inspectors, have been deployed and 600 personnel from other districts will also help them, the official said. Nine police companies, along with 71 officers, from the rank of inspectors up to additional DCPs, are also present. Farmers from different parts of the country, including Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh converged at the Ramlila ground on Thursday. Traffic was disrupted in many parts of the city on Thursday as the farmers marched to the Ramlila ground in the heart of the city on four different routes, starting from Anand Vihar, Nizamuddin and Bijwasan railway stations and Sabzi Mandi.

Nov 30, 2018 11:30 am (IST)

Police Deployment on Delhi Roads | Over 3,500 police personnel have deployed on the route of the march. 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 have been augmented by the presence of 12 police companies, including two of women, each comprising 75-80 personnel, a police official said.

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Rahul Gandhi, Kejriwal Join Protesting Farmers as Delhi's Ramlila Maidan Resonates With Demands for Justice
(From left) Sitaram Yechury, Farooq Abdullah, Rahul Gandhi, Sharad Yadav and D Raja at the farmers' rally in New Delhi on Friday. (Twitter/@INCIndia)

Denied permission by police to march to Parliament, around 35,000 farmers from across the country have converged near Parliament Street Police station in the national capital on Friday, where their leaders addressed the protesters.

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.

As the kisan rally arrived at the Parliament Street, Tamil Nadu farmers took off their clothes and used the skulls and bones of their "dead crop growers" to cover their private parts. Some protesters were also spotted wearing garlands of dairy products. Scores of women, who said that their husbands committed suicide due to farm distress, participated in the procession with photographs of their deceased partners.

Commuters faced inconvenience as traffic has been diverted in central Delhi due to farmers' protest. The protesters have blocked Jawaharlal Nehru Marg and Barakhamba Road as they head to Parliament. Raising slogans against the Modi government, the protesters ask "thieves of Rafale" to vacate the seat of power in Delhi.

Thousands of farmers, including members of Kisan Mukti Morcha, from across the country have gathered on day two of the protest to press for their demands, including debt relief and remunerative prices for their produce. In view of the large-scale agitation, security has been beefed up in the area.

Over 3,500 police personnel have been deployed on the route of the march. According to a senior police officer, special arrangements have been made in Central and New Delhi police districts.

Farmers from different parts of the country, including Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh converged at the Ramlila ground on Thursday.

Branded under the AIKSCC, which claims to be an umbrella body of 207 organisations of farmers and agricultural workers, many farmers arrived in the city on Thursday, on trains, buses and other modes of transport.

About 1,200 members of the National South Indian River Interlinking Agriculturalists Association reached the national capital in the early hours of Thursday carrying skulls of two of their colleagues who had committed suicide, their leader P Ayyakannu said.

The group from Tamil Nadu had threatened to march naked if they are not allowed to go to Parliament on Friday.They had last year staged protests at Jantar Mantar with the skulls of eight farmers who killed themselves owing to losses. The AIKSCC has claimed that the two-day rally will be one of the largest congregations of farmers in Delhi.

Five Gurdwaras in the Delhi region have extended their help to the farmers. Also students from various universities turned out in large numbers to lend support to the farmers. The protest also saw participation of a number of women farmers who travelled from various parts of the country.

Volunteers, including doctors, lawyers, professors and artists, all came out in large numbers to help the farmers. Around 600-700 volunteers of a solidarity group 'Nation For Farmers' marched with the protesters from the four assembly points.

The AIKSCC was formed under the aegis of All India Kisan Sabha and other Left-affiliated farmers' bodies in June, 2017, following protests by farmers in states such as Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh for debt relief and remunerative prices.
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