The Loksabha MP from Maharashtra, Raju Shetty, to hand over a note to all MPs today, urging them to join him at Jantar Mantar tomorrow to pay homage to the farmer “martyrs” of Mandsaur and to extend their support to the farmers’ demands.
- Kisan Mukti Yatra (Farmers Freedom March) reaches Agra; demands that Yogi government declare loan waiver for all farmers in UP.
- Yatra will reach New Delhi tomorrow.
- Countrywide support to the yatra.
- Kisan leaders, including Nityendra Manav, Kishan Lal Guruji, Gopalchand Arya, Rameshwar Singh Shekhawat and Vikram Yadav will also attend the public meeting at Jantar Mantar.
- All India Co-ordination Committee of Agitating Farmers appeals to all MPs: before going to Parliament, come to Jantar Mantar which is just 5 minutes away to extend your support to the farmers’ demands and to pay homage to the “martyrs” of Mandsaur.
The Kisan Mukti Yatra (Farmers Freedom March) which started from Mandsaur in MP on July 6 will be reaching Jantar Mantar in New Delhi tomorrow. On entering Uttar Pradesh on Sunday, the yatra was joined by the Kisan Adhikar Yatra which was launched in UP. The yatra will travel through Haryana on Monday and thousands of farmers led by kisan leaders from different states will enter the nation’s capital to highlight their two main demands: waiver of all loans to farmers, fair price for farm produce.
On Sunday the Yatra proceeded from Bishangarh. The yatris were received at Ladakbaas and Pavta by local kisan leaders. Thereafter they reached Kotputli where a public meeting was held. Addressing the gathering, Yogendra Yadav said in an appeal to all MPs: “When representatives of suffering farmers from across the country would be at Jantar Mantar to press their demands and pay homage to the six farmer “martyrs” of Mandsaur, our MPs will be inside Parliament just 5 minutes away deliberating over how best to serve the people. There are many MPs who have themselves struggled for farmers demands; many see themselves as well-wishers of farmers. So, the least the farmers will expect from the MPs is that they come to Jantar Mantar which is nearby, bow before the farmers who feed the nation, understand their problems and demands, pay homage to the “martyrs” of Mandsaur and help strengthen the movement to save agriculture, farmers and the nation”.
At Alwar, the kisan leaders addressed the media. The co-ordinator of the All India Farmers’ Co-ordination Committee, VM Singh said that only those will rule the country who ensure loan waivers to farmers and fair price for farm produce. He demanded that the Yogi government should declare full loan waiver for all farmers in UP.
Dr Suneelam deplored the fact that farmers have to face lathi charge and even bullets every time they take to agitation. He demanded that in all future cases of firing on farmers the policemen responsible must be charged with murder. He also called for a law prohibiting the use of bullets against farmers’ agitations.
While condemning the arrest of farmers from Tamilnadu who were agitating outside the PMO, the spokesperson of the Bharatiya Kaisan Union, Gora Singh, said sooner or later the Prime Minister will have to talk to the farmers.
While talking to the media, the general secretary of the Bharatiya Kisan Mahasabha, Raja Ram Singh said the Prime Minister should break his silence over the police firing on farmers in Mandsaur.
The Kisan Mukti Yatra has been launched by kisan leaders from 15 states across the country.
Recalling the police firing at Mandsaur, remembering the heritage of the Bardoli and Kheda struggles, the Kisan Mukti Yatra has embraced the dispossessed farmers of Narmada, the adivasi women of Vyara and the Koonch Yatra of Mehsana’s Dalit organisations.
The Yatra which started from Mandsaur on July 6 will reach Jantar Mantar on July 18 after traversing six states en route. Thousands of farmers will then sit on an indefinite dharna at Jantar Mantar, supported by over 200 farmers organizations from all over India.