ALL INDIA KISAN SANGHARSH COORDINATION COMMITTEE PRESS RELEASE
KISAN MUKTI YATRA COMPLETES ITS SOUTH INDIA LEG SUCCESSFULLY –
MOBILISES STRONG SUPPORT FOR AIKSCC’S TWO MAIN DEMANDS ON FARM DEBT & PRICES
“MODI GOVT MOST ANTI-FARMER GOVT EVER; WILL FACE WRATH OF FARMERS UNLESS DEMANDS ARE MET”, WARN AIKSCC LEADERS
Bangalore, September 23rd 2017: The 8-day, 5-state South India leg of the Kisan Mukti Yatra ended in Bangalore here today after successfully mobilising strong support from various quarters of society towards its two main demands around farmers’ debts and farm prices. Undertaken under the aegis of All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC), a nation-wide joint platform of more than 160 farmer unions and movements of India, the yatra created ripples in the states it travelled in, with the participation of thousands of farmers and some unusual allies extending solidarity. The Yatra ended on a strong note in Bangalore today, after traveling through Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka. Leaders of the AIKSCC warned the Modi government against the farmer-unfriendly policies being adopted by the government and labelled the current government as the most anti-farmer government in independent India.
“Our next step is to take up such Yatras in other regions of the country too, after the Western and Southern region Kisan Mukti Yatras. The culmination of the yatras would be in a Kisan Sansad in Delhi on November 20th 2017 when the Winter Session of the Parliament begins, where tens of thousands of farmers are expected to participate. There is an unusually large mobilisation happening from the South Indian states too, from what we could gather throughout the Yatra. It is clear that farmers all over the country have now chosen to break their silence and struggle unitedly for their rights”, said V M Singh, Convenor of AIKSCC and President of Rashtriya Kisan Mazdoor Sanghatan, Uttar Pradesh.
“It is clear that Narendra Modi has betrayed farmers of this country and has reneged on his commitment and promise. Farmers had the power to elect him and his party to power, and they also surely hold the power to remove him in the next elections, if just demands and existing commitments are not met immediately”, said Raju Shetty, Lok Sabha Parliamentarian and well-known farmer leader from Maharashtra. His party, Swabhimani Paksha, took a decision to walk out of the NDA recently.
Yogendra Yadav, Member of the National Working Group of AIKSCC and President of Swaraj India said that the Kisan Mukti Yatra has been successful in mobilising more organisations to join the AIKSCC, as well as support from unusual allies like state level Traders’ Association, All India Bank Officers Association, film artists, consumer organisations etc. What is unusual is to see farmer organisations uniting under a single umbrella on a commonly agreed programme around two demands – freedom from debt and full, remunerative prices, as rights of all farmers. This certainly bodes very well for farmers of this country. This includes agricultural workers, women farmers, adivasi and dalit farmers too.
Vijoo Krishnan, General Secretary of All India Kisan Sabha pointed out that a similar alliance on land rights of peasants had met with huge successes in the past, and that the current alliance would be more successful, given that it is expanding continuously.
“When we speak about freedom from debt, we are demanding a comprehensive and institutional relief mechanism with a statutory basis, and not the meaningless loan waivers that are being announced and implemented by some governments now. Similarly, when we talk about full, remunerative prices, in addition to the main demand of 50% margin over cost of production, we are also demanding that cost estimations should be real and that an improved MSP regime should become an entitlement of all farmers”, said Kavitha Kuruganti of ASHA-Kisan Swaraj.
Starting from when the Yatra entered Karnataka from Kerala at Gundlupeta in Chamarajanagara district, meetings in Mysuru, Pandavapura (Mandya district), Tumkur and Bangalore saw thousands of farmers and others participating.
Kisan Mukti Yatra in Karnataka saw the participation of farmer leaders like Kodihalli Chandrasekhar, Puttanaiah (sitting MLA from Melkote), Bayya Reddy, Basavaraj, Chamarasa Patil, B Nagendra, Chukki Nanjundaswamy, Anasuyamma, Nandini Jayaram and also agricultural worker union leaders like Chandrappa Hosakere, GN Nagaraj, Diwakar (RKS), Meenakshi Sundaram, Shoba and others.
For more information, contact:
- Badagalapura Nagendra, KRRS: 9036446838
- Kodihalli Chandrasekhar, KRRS: 9844293908
- Bayyareddy, Karnataka Prantha Raitha Sangha: 9448230121
- Kisan Vissa, Raithu Swarajya Vedika: 9701705743
- Kavitha Kuruganti, ASHA-Kisan Swaraj: 8880067772