The 10-day long nationwide agitation led by the Rashtriya Kisan Mahasangh at Delhi successfully enters its 5th day. The protest had a severe impact on the prices of vegetables in the city as well as the milk supply. The agitation had commendable participation and contained in it over a 100 outfits. The strike call was collectively given by farmers of 10 states.
The farmers have raised many demands, the major one of it being the implementation of Swaminathan commission report. Other demands include a loan waiver and better prices for the farm produce. The agitation which began on Friday with â€œGaon Bandhâ€ was peaceful till date.
Responding to media Aam Kisan Union chief Kedar Sirohi said: “The farmers are supporting the agitation in a big way because of which the supplies are not reaching the cities (from villages). The government is trying to break the protest but has failed. “Meanwhile, political leaders have also started to comment on the situation.
Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar responded, “They don’t have any issue; they are just focusing on unnecessary things through this strike. Not selling produce will bring losses to the farmers only.â€ Talking to TWJ correspondent, AIKS leader Vijoo Krishnan opined, â€œ It is a positive trend that different groups are protesting on the anti-farmer policies of the government.â€
As it enters the 6th day, the farmers are planning to conduct a ceremony to observe the first anniversary of Mandsaur demonstration. 6 farmers were killed in the demonstration that happened last year at Madhya Pradesh. The 10-day long agitation would end with a “Bharath Bandh” that is scheduled on 10th of this month.