Kisan Kranti Padyatra not allowed to enter Delhi on eve of Gandhi Jayanti

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On the occasion of 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, farmers are protesting against the NDA government’s policies and to remind PM about his promises to farmers.

At least 70,000 farmers from several states including Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab and Haryana reached the Delhi-UP border on today demonstrating their protest through Kisan Kranti Padyatra.

The farmers are led by Bhartiya Kisan Union leader Rakesh Tikait and are marching from Haridwar to New Delhi with their demands to waive farm loans, clearance of pending payments and implementation of the Swaminathan Committee Report.

“We will continue our march till our demands are met. The talks (with the ministers) should go on. Whenever we feel that our work is done, we will stop our protest. If farmers are given an assurance, they will be happy. We have already given four years to the government to meet our demands. It is time that our demands are met,” Tikait said.

The police however took charge by barricading the Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border, to curtail any unpleasant commotion or violence that could be caused during the protest. As per reports and visual below, the police also used teargas shells and water cannons to disperse protesters during the protest after protesting farmers tried to break barricades.

The Kisan Kranti Yatra, which began from Tikait Ghat in Hardwar on September 23, is the first of its kind by the BKU since the death of its founder Mahendra Singh Tikait on May 15, 2011. The Tikait clan, including the patriarch’s four sons, their wives, grandsons and their children have also hit the streets along with others.

Taking the lead from Uttar Pradesh, former Chief Minister, Akhilesh Yadav said that the government had not fulfilled its promises made to the farmers and thus it was natural for them to protest.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal too questioned why the farmers were not being allowed to enter Delhi. He extended his support to the farmers.

Congress Supporter & Political Analyst, Tehseen Poonawalla tweeted how the ruling government was attacking and harming farmers on the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

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