RSS-affiliated BKS protest against center over a rollback of GST

Debjit Mukherjee: Thousands of farmers held a rally in Delhi on Monday under the banner of RSS-affiliated Bharatiya Kisan Sangh to press for a rollback of GST on agricultural goods and other demands.

The farmers threatened to intensify their protest if the demands are not met. Braving cold conditions, the farmers travelled to Delhi from several states, including Punjab, Maharashtra, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal, on tractors, motorcycles and private buses and participated in the ‘Kisan Garjana’ rally at the Ramleela Ground to seek relief measures, the organisers said.

The protesters were demanding a rollback of GST on farming activities, an increase in the income support provided under the PM-Kisan scheme, revocation of the permission for commercial production of genetically modified crops and remunerative prices for their produce based on the input cost, they said.

The BKS, in a statement, said “state and central governments will face trouble if they do not heed the farmers’ demand in time”.