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Farmers’ march highlights: Representatives of 21 political parties come together for farmers

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New Delhi, Nov 30: Representatives of 21 political parties, including opposition leaders like Rahul Gandhi, Sharad Pawar, Sitaram Yechury, Farooq Abdullah and Sharad Yadav, stood together on the stage at the massive farmers gathering at Jantar Mantar on Friday.

Farmers’ march updates: I demand Central govt to implement Swaminathan report, urges Kejriwal

Thousands of farmers are pressing for various demands that include debt relief and remunerative prices for their produce. In addition to this, they are also demanding that a special session of Parliament be convened to discuss issues relating to agrarian distress across the country.

Over 3,500 police personnel were deployed on the route of the march special medical arrangements were in place in Central and New Delhi police districts.

Here are the updates from the Farmers' March:

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6:52 PM, 30 Nov
Shahs Tharoor tweets, "Let us set aside our political differences and work together to address the concerns of our farmers. They are the backbone of our country and they deserve better. Economic justice & social justice are twin goals of our Constitution. We cannot fulfil them while ignoring farmers."
5:17 PM, 30 Nov
Asserting that the BJP led Centre had failed the farmers, CPI-M general secretary Sitaram Yechury called PM Modi a pocketmaar (Pickpocket). “We will continue to support the farmers. We support both the bills. We will keep pressuring the government to pass the bills and make laws. We want to tell the government of the day that if you do not listen to the demands, we will use the power to dethrone you,” Yechury earlier said.
5:11 PM, 30 Nov
Rahul Gandhi earlier reiterated his Soot Buit ki sarkar jibe and raked up Rafale deal issue at the farmers' protest.
5:06 PM, 30 Nov
Earlier, while addressing the protesters, Rahul Gandhi said, "If this government can waive Rs 3.5 lakh crore loans of 15 big industrialists, why can't the loans of crores of farmers in the country be waived?"
4:55 PM, 30 Nov
“The country whose farmers are sad can never progress. The prime minister and BJP haven’t kept their promise. They didn’t implement the Swaminathan report, which they promised to implementm” says Arvind Kejriwal.
4:53 PM, 30 Nov
“Kisan Bima Yojana only benefits firms and that the government should stop the scheme,” Kejriwal says.
4:41 PM, 30 Nov
Now, Former J&K Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah speaks at farmers' protest at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi
4:22 PM, 30 Nov
Farmers deserve better, says Shashi Tharoor
4:20 PM, 30 Nov
A farmer from Tamil Nadu display human skulls and bones during a protest ahead of their march towards Parliament, at Ramlila Maidan in New Delhi
4:15 PM, 30 Nov
Opposition leaders including Rahul Gandhi, Arvind Kejriwal and Farooq Abdullah at farmers protest in Delhi
4:15 PM, 30 Nov
Five months are left, I demand that the Central Government implement Swaminathan report or these farmers will wreak havoc in 2019, says Kejriwal
4:12 PM, 30 Nov
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal says if Prime Minister Narendra Modi had devoted even 10% of the attention he gives to industrialists, the farmers would not have taken to the streets. "Modi is harmful for Delhi and Delhiites," says Kejriwal.
4:11 PM, 30 Nov
"India is made and run by farmers, youth and labourers and we stand by them," Rahul says amid cheers from protesting farmers. Several other leaders such as Sharad Yadav, Arvind Kejriwal and Sitaram Yechury are also in attendance at the rally to show their support for the farmers.
3:57 PM, 30 Nov
Congress chief Rahul Gandhi repeats his Rafale attack at the government, says Prime Minister Narendra Modi only speaks for the industrialists. He says a government that disrespects the youth and farmers will be removed by the country.
3:57 PM, 30 Nov
Rahul Gandhi says PM Modi has duped the nation in the name of NPAs; adds that farmers and youth have been ignored by the government
3:57 PM, 30 Nov
Rahul Gandhi joins protest, says farmers not asking for free gifts but their right
3:49 PM, 30 Nov
Rahul Gandhi joined thousands of agitators gathered near Parliament. Meanwhile, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal will arrive shortly.
3:43 PM, 30 Nov
Psephologist and political activist Yogendra Yadav's political outfit Swaraj India has been backing the farmers' massive protests in New Delhi. While addressing the farmers Yadav said that the ruling government was anti-farmer and its policies were flawed at a fundamental level.
3:36 PM, 30 Nov
Congress President Rahul Gandhi will be joining the Kisan Mukti March shortly to stand in support of India's farmers
3:29 PM, 30 Nov
Yeschury said,''BJP, Modi & RSS have only one weapon in hand that is Ram Temple. As the elections are approaching, they have started chanting ‘Ram Ram'.'' Yechury also said the Left parties will raise the issues of farmers in Parliamet but blamed the government for not paying heed to the troubles of the common man.
3:27 PM, 30 Nov
We will continue our fight for as long as we require to fight it and will raise this matter in the Parliament, says Sitaram Yechury
3:21 PM, 30 Nov
Supporting the farmers' march in New Delhi, former prime minister H D Deve Gowda Friday said, along with "ease of doing business", India should also better itself in "ease of doing agriculture". Referring to the Karnataka government's farm loan waiver initiative, the JD(S) supremo urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi issue proper direction to banks who are issuing notices to farmers and creating uncertainties. "Modi Government and BJP are boasting about betterment of India's position in the 'Ease of Doing Business' index. But, with 'Ease of Doing Business', India should also better itself in 'Ease of Doing Agriculture'.
3:20 PM, 30 Nov
CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP government at the Centre over the agrarian crisis in the country. "The only thing this government can do is to take Ram's name. The BJP and the RSS do this every five years," he said.
2:40 PM, 30 Nov
Rahul Gandhi will attend Kisan Mukti March today. He is also likely to meet farmers at 3:30 pm
2:04 PM, 30 Nov
Deputy commissioner of police (New Delhi) Madhur Verma said farmers were given permission to hold rally from Ramlila Maidan to Jantar Mantar after multiple rounds of talks. He said that multiple layers of barricades have been put in place around protest sites'.
1:37 PM, 30 Nov
Over 3,500 police personnel have been deployed on the route of the march. According to a senior police officer, special arrangements have been made in Central and New Delhi police districts. Farmers from different parts of the country, including Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh converged at the Ramlila ground on Thursday.
1:30 PM, 30 Nov
A group of doctors, who had taken off from work, were offering medical aid till about 11 pm on Thursday. Rashid, a junior resident at AIIMS was among the doctors volunteering, told PTI, "I took an off today from work, as I had to be here. They feed us, and we are not doing any favour by helping them, we are serving them."
1:29 PM, 30 Nov
Delhi Police held multiple rounds of talks with farmers' leaders & gave permission for rallying from Ramlila Maidan to Jantar Mantar, with conditions. We hope that they'll follow the conditions
1:29 PM, 30 Nov
DCP (New Delhi) Madhur Verma on farmers' protest, says 'Proper arrangements done for security, traffic, & law and order. Around 8,000 farmers have reached Ramlila Maidan. They will conclude their march at Parliament Street & culminate their protest from there.'
1:04 PM, 30 Nov
The farmers were allowed to go to Parliament street following due permission from the Delhi Police.
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