As many as 5 lakh CPI-M backed farmers and workers started a protest march from Parliament Street to historic Jantar Mantar in Delhi under the name Majdoor Kisan Sangharsh Rally on Wednesday.
A day ahead of the worker-farmer rally, several farmers' outfits - All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS), All India Agriculture Workers Union (AIAWU) and Centre of Indian Trade Union (CITU) from various states reached Ramlila Maidan in Delhi and were campaigning for their protest against Narendra Modi government.
The demands of the farmers include effective implementation of labour laws, minimum wage, more employment, and recognition of one crore Anganwadi and ASHA workers as a workforce. The protesters feel that the Modi government did not take significant steps for the welfare labourers and peasants of the country.
Delhi: Mazdoor Kisan Sangharsh starts a rally towards Parliament from Ramlila Maidan. The rally is being organised by Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) & All India Agriculture Workers Union (AIAWU), demanding debt waivers for farmers among others. pic.twitter.com/mWdHTbX8RU— ANI (@ANI) September 5, 2018
Besides that, farmers, who participated in Maharashtra Kisan rally earlier in March, also took part in the Majdoor Kisan Sangharsh Rally, pressing their demand for a loan waiver and proper minimum support price for peasants.
Delhi: Protestors under Mazdoor Kisan Sangharsh march towards Parliament from Ramlila Maidan. They are demanding debt waivers for farmers among other demands. pic.twitter.com/q7mzp8CzsL— ANI (@ANI) September 5, 2018
"Tomorrow a historic rally of industrial workers, farmers & agricultural labourers will storm the country’s Capital demanding better wages, more jobs, better prices for farm produce, end to privatisation, stopping changes in labour laws, ending the contract labour system," the CPI-M tweeted.
"Swaroop K, CV Devadasan, Kishore & Ajoy, members of #AIKS started from Palakkad on 29 AUG by bike to Delhi to attend the Mazdoor Kisan Sangharsh Rally on 5 SEP. The Bike Yatra was flagged off by C.K.Rajendran, AIKS leader & CPI(M) Palakkad district Secretary. @cpimspeak," AISK wrote in its official Twitter handle.
Swaroop K, CV Devadasan, Kishore & Ajoy, members of #AIKS started from Palakkad on 29 AUG by bike to Delhi to attend the Mazdoor Kisan Sangharsh Rally on 5 SEP. The Bike Yatra was flagged off by C.K.Rajendran, AIKS leader & CPI(M) Palakkad district Secretary. @cpimspeak pic.twitter.com/IqSAYzgjS1— AIKS (@KisanSabha) August 29, 2018
Speaking to ANI, Hannan Mullah, general secretary, AIKS said, "More than 3 lakh people are going to participate in this mega rally".
Mullah along with Tapan Sen (CITU), Vijay Raghavan (AIAWU) and AIKS president Ashok Dhawale will address the rally. Mullah said, "Farmers, factory workers from different parts of the country will participate in the rally."