Arvind Kejriwal Says, Farmers Should Be Allowed To Enter Delhi, We Are With Them

| October 2 , 2018 , 17:25 IST

Farmers in large numbers were marching from Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh to Delhi in support of their demands including loan waiver and fair prices for crops. The local Police used water cannons and tear gas to disperse them.

Farmers led by the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU), on their way to Kisan Ghat in the national capital were stopped at the Delhi border by the police. The farmers then tried to forcibly break barricades and defy prohibitory orders.

However, Delhi's Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal came out in support of the farmers and expressed his disappointment over their stoppage in the national capital.   

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Speaking to media Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said, "Farmers should be allowed to enter Delhi. Why are they not being allowed to enter Delhi? This is wrong. We are with the farmers."

According to media reports, Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala targeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, "The farmers of the country are oppressed, they are victims, and this government, instead of listening to their plight, is raining ‘lathis’ on them and unleashing water canons. We strongly condemn the violent crackdown. You may not be sensitive to the plight of the farmers and workers but in 2019 they will use their right to uproot you from power".

Samajwadi Party chief and former Uttar Pradesh CM Akhilesh Yadav also blamed the Modi government and said, "In the last five years, over 50,000 farmers have committed suicide, with most suicides occurring in BJP-ruled states. The farmers have all the right to protest. We strongly support their movement".