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Mega Farmers' Rally: Heavy Police Deployment At Delhi-UP Border As 70,000 Farmers March Towards National Capital. LIVE UPDATES-

Written By Shatabdi Chowdhury | Mumbai | Published:

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  • Thousands of farmers to assemble at the Kisan Ghat in New Delhi on the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi
  • They have a 21 point charter of demands and have said they will continue their agitation till demands are met
  • The agitators' list of demands include unconditional loan waiver for farmers and free electricity among others

Update at 3.32 pm: MoS agriculture meets protesting farmers

Update at 3.27 pm: AIKS(All India Kisan Sabha ) condemns the Police Brutality on protesting farmers at the borders of Delhi. It expose the true face of the most anti-farmer Government in independent India.

Update at 2.34 pm: As per sources, government has accepted the 7 out of the 9 demands of the farmers. The two demands that the govt refused to meet are related to farm loan waivers and implementation of the Swaminathan report

Update at 2.15 pm: Farmers aren't terrorists or naxals,they're coming with demands. Don't they have right to do that? SS Chouhan govt killed farmers in Mandsaur. Today they're about to lose MP. Warning Modi ji, if injustice with farmers continue, he'll lose Delhi: R Shetty, Swabhimani Sattkar Sanghatana

Update at 2.01 pm: Home Minister Rajnath Singh met the farmer's leaders and discussed their demands and have reached an agreement on the majority of the issues. Farmers' leaders, UP ministers Laxmi Narayan ji, Suresh Rana ji and I will go to meet farmers now: MoS Agriculture Gajendra Singh Shekhawat

Update at 1.43 pm: Home Minister Rajnath Singh met the farmer's leaders and discussed their demands and have reached an agreement on the majority of the issues. Farmers' leaders, UP ministers Laxmi Narayan ji, Suresh Rana ji and I will go to meet farmers now: MoS Agriculture Gajendra Singh Shekhawat

Update at 1.06 pm: A group of farmers has gone inside Rajnath Singh’s residence. Farmers and Gajendra Shekhawat are waiting for Rajnath Singh to return from Rashtrapati Bhavan. Meeting likely to take place once Rajnath Singhreturns.

Update at 1.02 pm: Government assures farmers of action

Update at 12.48 pm: The true obituary for Mahatma Gandhi would be to pay off the demands of the farmers: Congress leader Anand Sharma

Update at 12.45 pm: This is so sad that Lal Bahadur Shastri who gave us Jai Jawaan Jai Kisan but this government has completely failed it. But can't this govt allow the farmers to protest peacefully. This govt is not for the farmers: Congress leader Jaiveer Shergill:

Update at 12.17 pm: UP police is requesting Delhi police to allow farmers to enter Delhi. Delhi police is making arrangements for buses. Those who are without vehicles will be allowed to go kisan ghat.

Update at 12.05 pm: Police using tear gas and lathi-charge on farmers. Don't farmers have rights? This violence against the farmers is not appreciable: Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala

Update at 12.00 pm: This Modi government is anti farmers. This is happening due to betrayal of farmers. For this, they are starving. The only thing is this govt should be removed. Forcing kisans to go under death burdens. This is not acceptable and this government has to reverse it's policies or have to go: Sitaram Yechury

Update at 11.41 am:  Even as the PM says that MSP will be given to, but there is no MSP yet. More than 50000 farmers have committed suicide. Our party is in full support of the farmers: Akhilesh Yadav

Update at 11.36 am: Local reporter hurt as farmers' rally turn violent

Update at 11.33 am: Police resort to lathi-charge

Update at 11.32 am: Rally turns a violent turn as protesters pelt stones at the police

Update at 11.24 am: Police use tear-gas on the farmers

Update at 11.24 am:  Why are they not allowing farmers to enter Delhi? Delhi is for all. I am with the farmers: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal

Update at 11.19 am: Police using water cannons to disperse the crowd

Update at 11.18 am:  Barricades broken, protesting farmers attempting to enter Delhi


Thousands of farmers to assemble at the Kisan Ghat in New Delhi on the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. They have a 21 point charter of demands and have said they will continue their agitation till demands are met. This is the first march taken out by the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) since the death of its founder on May 15, 2011. The agitators' list of demands include unconditional loan waiver for farmers and free electricity among others. The farmers, who are from Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab and Haryana also said that the government has failed to implement the recommendations of the Swaminathan Commission.

HERE ARE THE DEMANDS OF THE FARMERS:

  • Loan waivers
  • Clearance of pending sugarcane payments
  • Implementation of the Swaminathan committee report
  • Free electricity for running tubewells
  • Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana should be made applicable to all crops and premium must be paid by the government
  • Assurance of a minimum income for farmers and a monthly pension of rs 5,000 for small and marginal farmers who completed 60 years of age
  • Rehabilitation of families of farmers who had committed suicide
  • Diesel tractors should be kept out of the ambit of national green tribunal directions that have mandated the removal of all diesel vehicles older than 10 years from the national capital region

There is a heavy police deployment on the UP-Delhi border to avoid any untoward incident. The police and the RAF are present to stop the farmers to enter Delhi. A prohibitory order has also been issued and Section 144 has also been imposed in Delhi.

 

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