Tear Gas, Water Cannons Used As Protesting Farmers Try To Enter Delhi

Tear gas and water cannons are being used by the Delhi Police to stop thousands of farmers from entering the national capital. The farmers who have walked all the way from Uttar Pradesh have been stopped at the Delhi-UP border. They are marching as part of their "Kisan Kranti Padyatra" to demand loan waiver, reduction in electricity and fuel prices and implementation of recommendations of the Swaminathan Commission.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said farmers should be allowed to enter Delhi. "Why are they not being allowed to enter Delhi? This is wrong. We are with the farmers," he said.

The padyatra has been organised by the Bharatiya Kisan Union. "Why have we been stopped here? The rally was proceeding in a disciplined manner. If we don't tell our government about our problems then whom do we tell? Do we go to Pakistan or Bangladesh?" Naresh Tikait, president, Bharatiya Kisan Union, said.

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