Photos: Farmers’ march held at Parliament Street, Rahul Gandhi, Kejriwal join in

Several thousand farmers and agricultural workers have congregated in Delhi to demand a special 21-day joint session of Parliament. Their demands include that two private member bills tabled in August and the recommendations of the Swaminathan Commission be discussed. Collectively known as the Kisan Mukti Bills, ‘The farmers’ freedom from indebtedness bill’ and ‘The farmers’ right to guaranteed remunerative minimum support prices for agricultural commodities bill’ seek a one-time complete waiver of outstanding loans and minimum support prices for agricultural produce. Braving the night’s cold at Ramlila Maidan, the farmers are expected to march towards Parliament Street on Friday.

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Protesting farmers have reached Parliament Street on the second day of a 2-day protest to press for their demands for debt relief, better MSP for crops, among others. The farmers, who have been camping at the Ramlila ground here since Thursday, began their march on Friday amid heavy police deployment. (Sanchit Khanna / HT Photo)

Protesting farmers have reached Parliament Street on the second day of a 2-day protest to press for their demands for debt relief, better MSP for crops, among others. The farmers, who have been camping at the Ramlila ground here since Thursday, began their march on Friday amid heavy police deployment. (Sanchit Khanna / HT Photo)

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Prominent leaders from different parties including Sharad Pawar, Dinesh Trivedi, Farooq Abdullah, Arvind Kejriwal, Rahul Gandhi and Sitaram Yechury have gathered in support of the farmers at Jantar Mantar. (Sanchit Khanna / HT Photo)

Prominent leaders from different parties including Sharad Pawar, Dinesh Trivedi, Farooq Abdullah, Arvind Kejriwal, Rahul Gandhi and Sitaram Yechury have gathered in support of the farmers at Jantar Mantar. (Sanchit Khanna / HT Photo)

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Swaraj Party chief Yogendra Yadav addresses gathered farmers at Jantar Mantar. Denied permission by police to march to Parliament, around 35,000 farmers from across the country have converged near Parliament Street police station, where their leaders addressed the protesters. The national secretary of the AIKSCC, Asish Mittal, said farmers from 24 states have joined the protest. (Sanchit Khanna / HT Photo)

Swaraj Party chief Yogendra Yadav addresses gathered farmers at Jantar Mantar. Denied permission by police to march to Parliament, around 35,000 farmers from across the country have converged near Parliament Street police station, where their leaders addressed the protesters. The national secretary of the AIKSCC, Asish Mittal, said farmers from 24 states have joined the protest. (Sanchit Khanna / HT Photo)

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The rally moves towards Jantar Mantar. The farmers have banded usnder the All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC), which claims to be an umbrella body of 207 organisations of farmers and agricultural workers. The AIKSCC has claimed that the two-day rally will be one of the largest congregations of farmers in Delhi. (Sanchit Khanna / HT Photo)

The rally moves towards Jantar Mantar. The farmers have banded usnder the All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC), which claims to be an umbrella body of 207 organisations of farmers and agricultural workers. The AIKSCC has claimed that the two-day rally will be one of the largest congregations of farmers in Delhi. (Sanchit Khanna / HT Photo)

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The farmers converged in the national capital after journeys that took some as long as 36 hours to complete from different corners of the country , including Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal, to participate in the two-day Kisan March. (Sanchit Khanna / HT Photo)

The farmers converged in the national capital after journeys that took some as long as 36 hours to complete from different corners of the country , including Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal, to participate in the two-day Kisan March. (Sanchit Khanna / HT Photo)

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A volunteer tries to pacify farmers waiting for breakfast after they camped overnight. Five Gurdwaras in the Delhi region had extended their help to the farmers. Students from various universities also had turned out in large numbers to lend their support. (Altaf Qadri / AP)

A volunteer tries to pacify farmers waiting for breakfast after they camped overnight. Five Gurdwaras in the Delhi region had extended their help to the farmers. Students from various universities also had turned out in large numbers to lend their support. (Altaf Qadri / AP)

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Over 3,500 police personnel have been deployed for the farmers’ march from Ramlila Maidan to Parliament Street, a high security zone, police said. As many as 850 police personnel, up to the rank of sub-inspectors, will be deployed in the Central district. They will be augmented by the presence of 12 police companies, including two of women, comprising 75-80 personnel each. (Sanchit Khanna / HT Photo)

Over 3,500 police personnel have been deployed for the farmers’ march from Ramlila Maidan to Parliament Street, a high security zone, police said. As many as 850 police personnel, up to the rank of sub-inspectors, will be deployed in the Central district. They will be augmented by the presence of 12 police companies, including two of women, comprising 75-80 personnel each. (Sanchit Khanna / HT Photo)

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The farmers converged in the national capital on Thursday at the Ramlila maidan, known for hosting big political events over the years. The location resonated with slogans like ‘Ayodhya nahi, karz maafi chahiye’ as farmers wearing red caps and carrying red flags started to gather. (Chandan Khanna / AFP)

The farmers converged in the national capital on Thursday at the Ramlila maidan, known for hosting big political events over the years. The location resonated with slogans like ‘Ayodhya nahi, karz maafi chahiye’ as farmers wearing red caps and carrying red flags started to gather. (Chandan Khanna / AFP)

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