More than 40,000 farmers came together on Monday, November 20th in Ramlila Maidan, Delhi for a Kisan Sansad or Farmers’ Parliament , demanding their right to livelihood. Their common demand — a one-time complete waiver of farmer loans and fair prices for their produce.
It has now been 12 years since the Swaminathan committee has made crucial recommendations to avert the agrarian crisis. Nothing has been done so far except pre-election promises.
Under a common umbrella of All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC) around 184 farmer groups from across states such as Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, and Telangana participated in the protest walk.
Yogendra Yadav leads protest
Yogendra Yadav, the national president of Swaraj India political party and a member of the Swaraj Abhiyan, led the march from the Ramlila Maidan till Parliament Street for the ‘Kisan Mukti Sansad’. He has been an active champion for the rights of farmers.
He said “Every year the farmers of our country face a dual crisis, one is that they do not get a good produce, and when they do, they do not get fair prices for it. We are here for reminding the Narendra Modi government of their pre-poll promises made to the farmers.”