More than 70,000 farmers are marching to Delhi from Uttar Pradesh demanding loan waivers, clearing payments and implementing beneficial schemes.
The march is led by Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU).
Here are the updates:
- Reports have said that the government has agreed to seven out of the nine demands put forth by the farmers.
- R Shetty of Swabhimani Sattkar Sanghatana told ANI, "Farmers aren't terrorists or Naxals, they're coming with demands. Don't they have right to do that?SS Chouhan govt killed farmers in Mandsaur, today they're about to lose MP. Warning Modi ji if injustice with farmers continue, he'll lose Delhi."
Farmers aren't terrorists or naxals,they're coming with demands.Don't they have right to do that?SS Chouhan govt killed farmers in Mandsaur,today they're about to lose MP.Warning Modi ji if injustice with farmers continue, he'll lose Delhi: R Shetty, Swabhimani Sattkar Sanghatana pic.twitter.com/Jl35fCoxVZ— ANI (@ANI) October 2, 2018
- NDA accepts most of the farmers' demands.
- KC Tyagi of the JD(U) has condemned the BJP government for brutally treating the farmers.
- "Home Minister Rajnath Singh has met with the protestors and discussed their problems," MoS Agriculture Gajendra Singh Shekhawat to ANI.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh met the farmer's leaders and discussed their demands and have reached an agreement on the majority of the issues. Farmers' leaders, UP ministers Laxmi Narayan ji, Suresh Rana ji & I will go to meet farmers now: MoS Agriculture Gajendra Singh Shekhawat pic.twitter.com/fZvdjMuhY8— ANI (@ANI) October 2, 2018
- Rakesh Tikait said, "Police action on farmers is wrong. Our leaders are holding a meeting with Home Minister Rajnath Singh. We will decide our next course of action after consultation with our leaders," reports ANI.
- Home Minister speaks to Bhartiya Kisan Manch.
- Delhi Police punctures dozens of trucks carrying farmers for the Kisan Kranti Padyatra.
- BJP refuted saying, "CM ji, if you believe that Delhi is everyone, the treatment of patients who come from outside does not allow a cue in Delhi? What are the different expressions with cue patients? The truth is that you are neither meant by farmers, not from patients, nor from Delhi. You just mean by your politics."
मुख्यमंत्री जी अगर आप मानते हैं की दिल्ली सबकी है तो बाहर से आने वाले मरीज़ों का इलाज दिल्ली में क्यूँ नहीं होने देते? क्यू मरीज़ों के साथ भेद भाव कर रहे हैं ? सच्चाई तो यह है की आपको ना तो किसानों से मतलब है, ना मरीज़ों से और ना ही दिल्ली से। आपको सिर्फ़ अपनी राजनीति से मतलब है। https://t.co/cALPFLVfy5— BJP Delhi (@BJP4Delhi) October 2, 2018
- Delhi CM tweeted showing his solidarity with the farmers. he said, "Delhi is everyone. Farmers cannot be stopped from visiting Delhi. The demands of the farmers are justified. Their demands are considered."
- Farmers marching for unlimited loan waivers, tariffs in electricity and an increase in crop prices
#farmers, who were marching to Delhi from Haridwar under the banner of #Kisankrantiyatra demanding complete loan waiver and reduction in electricity tariff among other, were stopped by police at the border near Ghaziabad: https://t.co/XeRcVfkkXV pic.twitter.com/3zyiU31QlC— IANS Tweets (@ians_india) October 2, 2018
- "It reconfirms the fact that Modi govt is anti-farmers. Instead of providing relief to farmers they are exasperating the crisis further forcing farmers to be under debt burden&distress suicides. We haven't seen such an agrarian distress in India since independence," Sitaram Yechury of CPI told ANI
It reconfirms the fact that Modi govt is anti-farmers. Instead of providing relief to farmers they are exasperating the crisis further forcing farmers to be under debt burden&distress suicides. We haven't seen such an agrarian distress in India since independence: Sitaram Yechury pic.twitter.com/GPa3cIEfbx— ANI (@ANI) October 2, 2018
- "We are not seeking any alms from the government. We want our right," Harmik Singh, a farmer part of the protest, told PTI.
- Randeep Sujrewala of the Congress said, "On the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, Modi govt has shown that it is no different from the pre-independence British govt in India. British govt then used to exploit the farmers&today Modi govt is firing tear gas shells at farmers."
On birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, Modi govt has shown that it is no different from the pre-independence British govt in India.British govt then used to exploit the farmers&today Modi govt is firing tear gas shells at farmers: Randeep Surjewala, Congress #KisanKrantiPadyatra pic.twitter.com/RHqrajwxeP— ANI (@ANI) October 2, 2018
- UP minister Suresh Rana visits Home Minister Rajnath Singh
- Former UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav stands by the farmer, "This government has failed to fulfil the promises it made to the farmers, so it is all but natural that they would protest. It is unfortunate and we fully support the farmers," reports Indian Express.
- Police have resorted to lathi charge.
- Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has shown his support to the farmers. He said, "The farmers should be allowed to enter New Delhi. Why are they not being allowed to enter Delhi? This is wrong. We are with the farmers," reports ANI.
- Farmer leaders meet BJP leaders.
- Tear gas shells used against the protestors.
- Police resort to using water cannons at the protestors.
- Protests turn violent at UP Gate. Protestors break the barriers and enter Delhi.
- Home Minister Rajnath Singh meets BJP leaders at his residence to decide on the matter and make a plan of action.
- Ghaziabad Traffic Police says that no one is allowed to enter Delhi through UP Gate.
- Security stepped up at UP-Delhi border.
- BKU President Rakesh Tikait says, "Why have we been stopped here (at UP-Delhi border)? The rally was proceeding in a disciplined manner. If we don't tell our government about our problems then whom do we tell? Do we go to Pakistan or Bangladesh?"
- The Kisan Kranti Padyatra will conclude at Rajghat.
- Rakesh Tikait said, "We have organised the march to press for implementation of the Swaminathan Commission's recommendations, loans waiver and scrapping the ban on plying of 10-year-old tractors in the national capital region among others," according to Times Now.
- The farmers will be assembling at Kisan Ghat.
- These orders will be in place until October 8.
- Areas under the prohibitory orders are Ghazipur, Mandawli, Madhu Vihar, Pandav Nagar, Preet Vihar, Kalyanpuri, Shakarpur and Mayur Vihar.
- Delhi Police have imposed section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code, expecting law and order problems. Section 144 prohibits more than five people to be seen together in an area where the prohibitory order was imposed.
- Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait is leading the protest.
- The padyatra began on September 23 at Haridwar in Uttarakhand and reached Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh on Monday.