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Hear Our Farmers’ Voice: Stop Repression

Date: Saturday, November 28, 2020

The undersigned leaders of the several political Parties have issued the following joint statement:

Braving severe repression, teargasing, heavy water cannoning, roadblocks, police barricades and digging up the national highways surrounding Delhi akin to waging a ‘war’ on our farmers, tens of thousands of farmers have successfully reached the National Capital of Delhi. We salute their determination and courage in this massive protest demanding the withdrawal of the retrograde anti-Kisan agri laws.

The Central Government was forced to relent and reverse its earlier decision of preventing our Kisans from reaching Delhi to peacefully voice their protest and allocated them a place to assemble. This ground, however, is too small for the tens of thousands that have reached Delhi. We the undersigned demand that a larger ground like Ram Lila Maidan or similar must be allotted for this peaceful protest and all necessary arrangements must be made for their stay and food.

We reiterate our opposition to these new agri-laws that threaten India’s food security, abolish MSP, destroy Indian agriculture and our farmers- ‘Annadatas’. The Central Government must adhere to the democratic process and norms and address the concerns of the protesting farmers.

(Sharad Pawar)                      (T.R. Baalu)                            (Sitaram Yechury)                                                                                 

President, NCP                   Treasurer, DMK            General Secretary, CPI(M)

(D. Raja)                                (Manoj Jha)                     (Dipankar Bhattacharya)

General Secretary, CPI          M.P., RJD                     General Secretary, CPI(ML)

(Debabrata Biswas)                                                         (Manoj Bhattacharya)

General Secretary, AIFB                                                 General Secretary, RSP

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