Kisan Rally: Farmers call off protest after being allowed into Delhi

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • The ‘Kisan Kranti Padyatra’ that started on 23 September ended at Delhi’s Kisan Ghat
  • Congress president Rahul Gandhi, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury and SP’s Akhilesh Yadav expressed solidarity with the protesting farmers
  • The Delhi police issued a statement saying the protesters turned violent despite requesting them to wait for the outcome of talks with the ministers
  • The demands raised by farmers are implementation of the MS Swaminathan Commission report, farm loan waiver, free electricity to farmers and allowing power connections to farmers to run tubewells

Thousands of farmers on Wednesday ended their 10-day Kisan Kranti Yatra after arriving at Kisan Ghat in the national capital.

The Central government allowed them to enter Delhi in the early hours of Wednesday, ending the prolonged standoff between the police personnel and protesting farmers.

Led by Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) chief Naresh Tikait, over 400 tractors carrying thousands of farmers reached Kisan Ghat. Tikait declared it as the “victory of farmers” and said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government has failed in its “motives”.

The farmers said they had reached an agreement with the Centre — which has accepted “most of the demands”. They said the government had agreed to their prime demand: Increasing the price of crops.

National highways leading to Delhi were swamped with farmers who came in from places as far away as Gonda, Basti and Gorakhpur in eastern Uttar Pradesh, as well as the from the sugarcane belt of western Uttar Pradesh.

The farmers were stopped by police on the Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border Tuesday as they tried to enter the capital, triggering violence that left some injured.

The police removed barricades after midnight to allow the farmers to enter Delhi and proceed towards Kisan Ghat.

Shouting anti-BJP slogans and with blisters on their feet, the farmers reached Kisan Ghat at around 2 am Wednesday. They began dispersing at around 5:30 am.

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