Come November 20, 2017, and farmers from across the country are all set to run their own 'Kisan Parliament'. Tired of the union as well as state governments refusing to address their concerns, a united farmers front is all set to run a 320-days farmers' parliament as the winter session of the parliament will be underway.
"On November 20, we will hold a massive procession at Ram Lila Maidan in New Delhi. Next day onwards, from the commencement of the winter session of the Parliament till its last day, we will hold a parallel parliament, the parliament of the farmers. The Kisan parliament will 543 chairs will be set up at Jantar Mantar and go on for 32 days," said Ayyakannu, a farmer leader from Tamil Nadu. He is currently spearheading the agitation in New Delhi.
At the Kisan Parliament, issues ailing the farming sector will be discussed by farmers from across the country. The session will end by passing a resolution which will include recommendations for permanent solutions to farm crisis in India, farmer suicides, and loan waivers. "Farmers in India are an unorganized sector and hence the government takes us for fools. The promise of river-linking, minimum support price, profitable purchase rates- none of them have been fulfilled. I can only ask the Prime Minister to think about what will happen if 20-30 per cent farmers in India unite and vote against him," Ayyakannu, said.
Farmers from Tamil Nadu led by Ayyakannu have been protesting to highlight the agrarian crisis in the state. A massive two-week long protest in Rajasthan was withdrawn only on Thursday after the government promised a loan waiver. In states like Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh where loan waivers have been announced, red-tapism is making a mockery of the farmers. Given the scenario, farmers have decided to make their voices heard loud, united and clear.