Thousands of farmers and workers gathered in Delhi on Wednesday for the Kisan-Mazdoor Sangharsh rally which began from the Ramlila Maidan and will pass Parliament Street to reach Jantar Mantar.
The protest saw people from across the country arriving in Delhi from the beginning of the week.
Here are some voices from the rally talking about the protest:
Ansar Ali, Circle President, UP West BSNL Employees Union, told HuffPost India, “Modi ji come to your senses. There is an election (next year). Please give workers the salary they are due.”
Kalawa Kagi, the head of the Devdasi Vimochana Sangh from Karnataka, a union of widows, told Huffpost India that they want Rs 5,000 from the Modi government as support, along with two acres of land. Currently, the women receive Rs 1,500 a month from the state government.
Speaking to HuffPost India, Vishnu Rai, a mid-day meal worker from Assam, said that he earns Rs 33 in a day which adds up to around Rs 1000 a month. He demanded that mid-day meal workers get at least Rs 18,000 a month.
He also said that as a mid-day meal worker, he sometimes sustains burns while cooking large meals, but there were no free medical facilities available to him.
Organised by groups affiliated to the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M), the rally is likely to see the attendance of over two lakh people. The demands of the protesters include debt waivers for farmers, minimum wage hike and implementation of labour laws among other things.