Thousands of farmers and workers started their Kisan-Mazdoor Sangharsh rally Wednesday morning from Ramlila Maidan in New Delhi. The protesters started arriving in the national capital from various states since Tuesday and were camping at Ramlila Maidan. They have reached Parliament street and will march towards Jantar Mantar as well. The demands of the protesters are effective implementation of labour laws, minimum wage, more employment, and recognition of one crore Anganwadi and ASHA workers as a workforce.
The Kisan-Mazdoor Sangharsh rally has been organised by outfits affiliated to CPI(M) — Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) and All India Agriculture Workers Union (AIAWU). Also in attendance are those who participated in the Kisan March in Maharashtra in March this year to demand a loan waiver and proper minimum support price for farmers.
At the Ramlila Maidan, state-wise camps have been set up, along with a medical camp and a storage area for protest paraphernalia. On Tuesday evening, Left leaders Sitaram Yechury, Brinda Karat and Prakash Karat met the protesters.
“The wage issue unites peasants and workers. Farmers aren’t getting minimum support price and workers minimum wage. PM Modi had promised two crore jobs, where are they? If the government can’t change policies, peasants and workers will change the government,” said AIKS member Krishnaprasad.