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Farmers’ march to demand fixed MSP, freedom from debts

Kisan Mukti March hopes to draw attention to farm distress ahead of elections

November 26, 2018 10:26 pm | Updated 10:27 pm IST - NEW DELHI

The farmers’ march is slated for November 29 and 30

The farmers’ march is slated for November 29 and 30

Thousands of farmers plan to march to the capital this week, chanting the slogan “Dilli chalo,” in a Kisan Mukti March to demand that government bring in legislation providing a guaranteed minimum support price for their crops and freedom from debts.

The march, on November 29 and 30, is being organised under the banner of the All-India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC), a platform of 200 farmers’ groups.

“The next election will be fought on the agrarian crisis,” said Hannan Mollah, general secretary of the All India Kisan Sabha, a member of the AIKSCC. Over 4 lakh farmers had committed suicide and 79 cattle traders had been lynched in the last four-and-a-half years of this government, he claimed.

Launching his book titled, “Farmers Under Modi Raj: Double Income or Double Jeopardy,” Swaraj India president Yogendra Yadav — who is also an AIKSCC leader — claimed the current administration was the most anti-farmer in the country’s history. “Note-bandhi [demonetisation] and drought-handling policies show that the Modi government is not just displaying a lack of political will, but active hostility,” he said.

Organisers of this week’s march say over one lakh farmers will take part, in a bid to create electoral clout. All political parties except the BJP have been invited. “The farmers will ensure that a government that brought in notebandi will face vote-bandi (No-Votes),” joint secretary of the All-India Kisan Sabha Vijoo Krishnan said.

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