After Midnight March, Farmers End Protest at Delhi’s Kisan Ghat

Among the demands of the farmers are implementation of the MS Swaminathan Commission report and farm loan waiver. 

Updated03 Oct 2018, 05:27 PM IST
India
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After midnight march, the farmers called off their protest at Delhi’s Kisan Ghat, the memorial of Chaudhary Charan Singh, in the wee hours of Wednesday, 3 October.

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

Earlier on Tuesday, as thousands of farmers tried to enter Delhi as part of ‘Kisan Kranti Padyatra’, police stopped them on the Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border, triggering violence that left some of them injured.

Despite Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s assurance of “agreeing on most issues”, the farmers had earlier said they will not accept government assurance and will go ahead with the protest.

Snapshot
  • 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

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5:55 AM, 02 Oct
KEY EVENT

Police Use Water Cannons and Tear Gas Shells to Disperse Protesting Farmers

The police on Tuesday used water cannons and tear gas shells to disperse the protesting farmers, who have been stopped at the UP-Delhi border during the 'Kisan Kranti Padyatra'.

6:03 AM, 02 Oct
KEY EVENT

'Farmers Should be Allowed to Enter Delhi, We Are With Them': Arvind Kejriwal

Asserting that farmers should be allowed to enter Delhi, CM Arvind Kejriwal said:

“Why are they not being allowed to enter Delhi? This is wrong. We are with the farmers.”
Arvind Kejriwal
6:20 AM, 02 Oct
KEY EVENT

'BJP-Led Govt Hasn't Fulfilled its Promises, We Support the Farmers': Akhilesh Yadav

Along with Arvind Kejriwal, Samajwadi Party's Akhilesh Yadav also expressed solidarity with the protesting farmers, saying:

This (the BJP-led) government has not fulfilled the promises it made to farmers, so it is all but natural that farmers would protest. It is unfortunate and we fully support the farmers.
Akhilesh Yadav
6:51 AM, 02 Oct
KEY EVENT

'Modi Govt No Different from Pre-Independence British Govt': Congress

Slamming the Modi government over the handling of the farmers' protest at the Delhi border on Tuesday, Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said:

“On the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, the Modi government has shown that it is no different from the pre-independence British government in India. British government then used to exploit the farmers and today the Modi govt is firing tear gas shells at farmers.”
Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala

Published: 02 Oct 2018, 05:36 AM IST
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