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When farmers converged in the Capital

Surging ahead: Farmers marching towards Parliament Street from the Ramlila Maidan in Delhi on Friday   | Photo Credit: Himanshu Vats

Thousands of farmers who arrived at the National Capital on Thursday chanting “Dilli chalo” on Friday took out a Kisan Mukti March, demanding that the government bring in legislation for a guaranteed minimum support price (MSP) for their produce and freedom from debts.

At a protest meet in Jantar Mantar, Opposition leaders, including Congress president Rahul Gandhi, Delhi Chief Minister and AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal, and CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury, joined hands to criticise what they called the anti-farmer policies of the Union government.

The march was organised under the banner of the All-India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC), a platform of 200 farmers’ groups. Farmers from different parts of the country, including Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh took part in the rally.

 

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