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New Delhi: Rural development minister Jairam Ramesh may sign an agreement with peasants’ group Ekta Parishad in Agra on Thursday, a member of the non-government organization (NGO) said on Wednesday, which may stop their protest march from entering New Delhi and averting a potential crisis for government.

“Yes," said Jill Carr-Harris, a member of the Ekta Parishad, when asked if an agreement will be signed. She declined to elaborate.

Ramesh did not say if he will sign an agreement with the Ekta Parishad, but indicated through a text message that he will be in Agra on Thursday.

Ekta Parishad chief P.V. Rajagopal has been leading a march of around 50,000 people that set off 2 October from Gwalior demanding the right to a piece of land for every poor family in the country.

Rajagopal claims to have had 10 rounds of meetings over one year with Ramesh, including one on 2 October, that concluded without any agreement. Since then, the group’s members have met Ramesh in Delhi a few times to discuss the draft of an agreement.

Click here for a profile of P.V. Rajagopal:

http://www.livemint.com/Politics/jMQ3mvi7cmP0oQLIDmKxBJ/The-long-march-of-PV-Rajagopal.html

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