Delhi witnessed massive traffic jams due to the mega rally by farmers and workers at Ramlila maidan on Wednesday. Despite continuous rains, thousands of people gathered for the rally organised under the banner of All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS). The rally was organised to protest against the "anti-people" policies of the BJP-led NDA government, AIKS said.
Huge traffic jams were seen in central and east Delhi as a huge number of people joined the protest march from Jantar Mantar to Parliament Street.Traffic was diverted at Delhi Gate, Paharganj Chowk, Monto Road, Barakhambha Road, KG Marh, Janpath and Copernicu Marg resulting in trouble for commuters
The farmers' organisation said farmers, workers and their families would join the rally, where the future course of their struggle would be declared. The rally would give a call to build the Left and democratic political alternatives at all-India level based on alternative policies for people's development.
Delhi: Mazdoor Kisan Sangharsh starts a rally towards Parliament from Ramlila Maidan. The rally is being organised by Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) & All India Agriculture Workers Union (AIAWU), demanding debt waivers for farmers among others. pic.twitter.com/mWdHTbX8RU— ANI (@ANI) September 5, 2018
"As part of the ongoing struggle against the neo-liberal policies and misrule of the Modi government, a huge rally of 5 lakh people will be organised on September 5 in Delhi," AIKS general-secretary Hannan Mollah told reporters in New Delhi.
"This will be the first worker-peasant rally since the independence of India and the largest rally of the Left democratic forces attended by CITU, AIKS and AIAWU," he said, referring to the Left associated trade and farmers' unions.
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(With inputs from PTI)