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Farmers protest in Delhi LIVE: PM Modi gives empty speeches and a govt that ignore farmers, youth will be thrown out, says Rahul Gandhi

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On the second day of their protest in Delhi, farmer groups under the Communist Party of India (Marxist)-backed All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee, started march from Ramlila Maidan to the Parliament Street against the alleged "anti-farmer" policies of the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance government. The protesting farmers marched to Delhi's Ramlila Maidan on Thursday under the umbrella group of AIKSCC, demanding the convening of a special session of Parliament to address agrarian crisis, loan waiver and better minimum support prices for their crops. This blog will keep you posted on the latest updates and developments from the farmers' protests and march to Parliament in New Delhi today:

Farmers protest in Delhi LIVE: PM Modi gives empty speeches and a govt that ignore farmers, youth will be thrown out, says Rahul Gandhi
  • Fulfill farmers' demands or they'd 'wreak havoc ' in 2019 polls: Kejriwal to Modi ## Fulfill farmers' demands or they'd 'wreak havoc ' in 2019 polls: Kejriwal to Modi

    Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over farmers' issues and alleged that he had "stabbed them in their back" by not fulfulling the promises made to them. The AAP supremo joined several leaders from the opposition parties at Jantar Mantar here where thousands of farmers from across the country have gathered to press for their demands, including debt relief and remunerative prices for their produce.

    Kejriwal in his address at the venue, claimed that the Centre had filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court saying it would not implement the M S Swaminathan Commission report.

    "The government had also made lot of promises to farmers in last elections (2014), but it has not fulfilled those promises. And, by not implementing the Swaminathan Commission report, Modi ji has stabbed the farmers in their back ('kisano ke peeth mey chhura bhonka hai')," he alleged.

    The AAP leader said the Union government should implement the report in five months, otherwise, the farmers will show their might in the 2019 elections.

  • Modi is harmful for Delhi and Delhiites, says CM Arvind Kejriwal##Modi is harmful for Delhi and Delhiites, says CM Arvind Kejriwal


    Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal says if Prime Minister Narendra Modi had devoted even 10% of the attention he gives to industrialists, the farmers would not have taken to the streets. "Modi is harmful for Delhi and Delhiites," says Kejriwal.

  • Rahul Gandhi joins protest, says farmers not asking for free gifts but their right##Rahul Gandhi joins protest, says farmers not asking for free gifts but their right


    Addressing the farmers' protest march in Delhi, Congress president Rahul Gandhi attacked the Narendra Modi government on a host of issues, including on agrarian distress. 

    "If the loans of industrialists can be waived off, then the debt of farmers must be waived off as well. I assure the farmers of India, we are with you, don't feel afraid. Aapki shakti ne is desh ko banaya hai," ANI quoted Rahul Gandhi as saying. "Modi ji had promised MSP will be increased, PM promised bonus, but look at the situation right now, empty speeches are being given and nothing else," the agency further added.

    Several other leaders such as Sharad Yadav, Arvind Kejriwal and Sitaram Yechury are also in attendance at the rally to show their support for the farmers.

  • Rahul Gandhi, Arvind Kejriwal to meet farmers##Rahul Gandhi, Arvind Kejriwal to meet farmers

    Congress president Rahul Gandhi and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal will join the farmers' protest this evening, according to a News18 report. Senior JDU leader KC Tyagi, CPI national secretary D Raja and some Samajwadi party leaders are also likely to join the agitation, the report said.

  • Agrarian protests, riots have increased in the last few years##Agrarian protests, riots have increased in the last few years

    Farmers protest in Delhi LIVE: PM Modi gives empty speeches and a govt that ignore farmers, youth will be thrown out, says Rahul Gandhi
  • Deputy Commissioner of Police New Delhi Madhur Verma updates on farmers' protest##Deputy Commissioner of Police New Delhi Madhur Verma updates on farmers' protest

  • MS Swaminathan says protest evidence of growing agrarian distress##MS Swaminathan says protest evidence of growing agrarian distress

    Veteran agriculturist MS Swaminathan, the architect of India's Green Revolution and the head of National Commission on Farmers (NCF), says that the two-day Kisan Mukti Morcha protest is an evidence of the growing agrarian unrest. "Farmers know only agitation and not reasoning will lead to action on their problems," he says.

  • Delhi police issues alert, says traffic normal near central Delhi##Delhi police issues alert, says traffic normal near central Delhi

  • Protesting farmers reach Parliamnet street##Protesting farmers reach Parliamnet street

    Agitating farmers, banded under the All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC), reached the Parliament street. The traffic in the area has been affected due to the rally carried out by the farmers, tweeted Delhi traffic police.

  • Here are the latest visuals on farmers protests from near Jantar Mantar##Here are the latest visuals on farmers protests from near Jantar Mantar

  • Tight security in place in Delhi as farmers march to Parliament street##Tight security in place in Delhi as farmers march to Parliament street

    Over 3,500 police personnel have been deployed in Delhi on the second day of farmers’ protest as they start their march from Ramlila Maidan to Parliament Street, a high security zone. As many as 850 police personnel, up to the rank of sub-inspectors, have been deployed in the Central district. They will be augmented by the presence of 12 police companies, including two of women, comprising 75-80 personnel each. About 95 officers from the rank of inspectors up to additional deputy commissioners of police will also be on the ground to monitor the situation.

  • Farmers march towards Parliament from Ramlila Maidan, heavcy security in place##Farmers march towards Parliament from Ramlila Maidan, heavcy security in place

  • Arvind Kejriwal, Sharad Pawar, Farooq Abdullah expected to join farmers’ march to Parliament street##Arvind Kejriwal, Sharad Pawar, Farooq Abdullah expected to join farmers’ march to Parliament street


    Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, NCP chief Sharad Pawar, National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah, Loktantrik Janata Dal’s Sharad Yadav, to name a few are expected to join the farmers’ march to Parliament street, according to an HT report.

  • Delhi Traffic police issues alert on the second day of farmers protest march##Delhi Traffic police issues alert on the second day of farmers protest march

  • Farmers from Maharashtra's Miraj and Bengaluru expected to reach Delhi today##Farmers from Maharashtra's Miraj and Bengaluru expected to reach Delhi today


    Two special trains carrying farmers, one from Maharashtra's Miraj and another from Bengaluru, is expected to reach Delhi on Friday. Many women farmers and students from Delhi University were also part of Thursday's rally to push the Centre to provide relief to the distressed farmers. Police said they have made elaborate arrangements for the rally on Friday, when the farmers will begin their march from Ramlila Ground to Parliament Street. Support for the farmers poured in with activists taking to Twitter to ask the general public to join the march.

  • Farmers assemble at Delhi's Ramlila Maidan on the second day of protest##Farmers assemble at Delhi's Ramlila Maidan on the second day of protest

  • Farmers to march to Parliament today to demand debt relief, better MSP for produce##Farmers to march to Parliament today to demand debt relief, better MSP for produce

    On the second day of their protest in Delhi, farmer groups under the Communist Party of India (Marxist)-backed All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee, will march from Ramlila Maidan to the Parliament Street against the alleged "anti-farmer" policies of the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance government. The protesting farmers marched to Delhi's Ramlila Maidan on Thursday under the umbrella group of AIKSCC, demanding the convening of a special session of Parliament to address agrarian crisis, loan waiver and better minimum support prices for their crops.