Protesting farmers who had marched from Haridwar to Delhi as part of the Kisan Kranti Padyatra, ended their march at the Kisan Ghat in the early hours of Wednesday, police said. They ended their march after Delhi police removed barricades midnight last night to allow the farmers to enter Delhi and proceed towards Kisan Ghat.
The farmers entered the national capital riding their tractors and trolleys and proceeded towards Kisan Ghat where heavy police deployment was arranged.
Earlier on Tuesday, to find a solution to the farmers’ agitation, Home Minister Rajnath Singh met with a group of farmers belonging to the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU), along with others. After the meeting, BKU national spokesperson Rakesh Tikait said that the Home Minister has assured and discussed “each and every matter of our issues and they said they will help us.” The government accepted 7 out of the 9 demands of the farmers. The two demands that the government refused to meet are related to farm loan waivers and implementation of the Swaminathan report.
However, the stalemate continued as the farmers refused to end their protests as the farmers want all their demands to be met.
Thousands of farmers to assemble at the Kisan Ghat in New Delhi on the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. This is the first march taken out by the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) since the death of its founder on May 15, 2011.