Thousands of farmers and agricultural workers started the protest in Delhi, to demand a special 21-day joint session of Parliament. Their demands include that two private member bills tabled in August by Member of Parliament Raju Shetti be passed and the recommendations of the Swaminathan Commission be discussed. Farmers, who will march to Parliament Street on on November 30, have set up camp at the Ramlila Maidan. They came from various States, including Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, and Uttar Pradesh.
Traffic was disrupted in many parts of the city as they marched to the Ramlila Maidan in the heart of the city on four different routes — starting at the Anand Vihar, Nizamuddin, and Bijwasan railway stations and at Sabzi Mandi.
The two-day march, organized by the All India Kisan Struggle Coordination Committee (AIKSCC) representing around 200 farmers’ outfits, has in its leadership, organizations like All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS), Yogendra Yadav-led Jai Kisan Andolan, Medha Patkar-led NAPM and V M Singh’s Rashtriya Kisan Mazdoor Sangathan. It will culminate with a Parliament March on Friday where Opposition leaders, including Congress president Rahul Gandhi, are expected to pledge their support.
More than 300 volunteers, including many students of Delhi University, Ambedkar University, Jamia Millia Islamia and Jawaharlal Nehru University, will assist the farmers in reaching the Ramlila Maidan, from specific assembly points across the city.
The Delhi government will provide 260 mobile toilets en route and at the Maidan, besides water stations and ambulances on stand-by. On Friday, the rally is expected leave from the grounds at 8 AM.
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