Ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha polls farmers conducted a rally against BJP
Updated:  Nov 14, 2018, 10:30 AM
Ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha elections difficulties are arousing for BJP, 200 peasants’ outfits under the banner of the All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC) have decided to invite 25 non-BJP political parties to a major rally they are organising on November 30.
The invitation also includes NDA partners Shiv Sena and Shiromani Akali Dal and organizers are trying to convince Janata Dal-United (JD-U) to come on board for the rally. States, where elections are underway such as Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, farmers’ plight, will be a big electoral issue. Kisan Sabha general secretary Hannan Mollah said, “Our protests have made farmers’ plight a key agenda in the last four years. Some political leaders who were silent about the issue so far have started speaking. Our aim is that 2019 Lok Sabha polls should be held on farmers’ agenda, not on any communal or casteist agenda."
Organizers have asked the political parties to send the main leaders to address the rally. Invitations have been sent to Congress president Rahul Gandhi, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar, CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury, actor-turned-politician Kamal Hassan and other leaders of the Opposition.
Two Bills each demanding guaranteed remunerative price and complete loan waiver had moved in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha during the budget session by Swabhimani Paksha leader Raju Shetti and CPI(M) MP KK Ragesh. Different parties including Shiv Sena had pledged support for the Bill. “We demand the Centre convene a special session of the Parliament to consider these private Bills on farmers’ issues. We will urge the Speaker of Lok Sabha and Chairman of Rajya Sabha to support the passage of the Bill in Winter session,” Mollah added.
Mollah further said, “We will ask political parties to announce their stand towards the problems of farmers and what they will do for farmers if they come to power."
AIKSCC wants to raise support from different parties and political leaders’ for their cause.
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