NEW DELHI: Almost 1000 farmers from various states gathered at Jantar Mantar on Tuesday to protest against the union government demanding fair price for crops and pension and liberation of debt. Farmers from states like Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana participated in the protest. Medha Patekar, MP Sitaram Yechury, MP Raju Shetty , Sharad Yadav and Arvind Sawant also joined the protest.
“ Along with all of you , I took the pledge to fight for the rights of the farmers and I promise you that I am going to take this fight to the Parliament,”, Sitaram Yechury, senior CPI (M) told to media.
The farmers alleged that the BJP, before the polls, had promised to implement various measures in favour of the farmers, but once it came to power they have forgotten about it.
“ Before Modi came to power, he promised us that Swaminathan Ayogya Seva would be introduced where we could get 1.5 times more profit from our yield. But none of the promises have been fulfilled in these three years. We don’t even have enough capital to yield crops. We are all buried under debts. We want the government to free us from these debts,” said Gajanand Patil, a farmer from Maharashtra.