Big showdown as farmer's march to gherao the Vidhan Bhavan

Farmers march to Mumbabi to lay siege to Maharashtra Vidhan Sabha

Latest india news Farmers march to Mumbai to lay siege to Maharashtra Vidhan Sabha

The union leader was referring to the slew of promises made by Fadnavis in the aftermath of the agrarian agitation in Western Maharashtra past year, when the farmers had choked off supplies to the APMCs.

The farmers wearing red caps and waving red communist party flags chanted slogans demanding higher food grain and milk prices in south Mumbai, where many big Indian companies and the central bank are headquartered.

The ABKS was part of the steering committee of farmers' outfits that started unprecedented strikes previous year.

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CPI-M leader Sitaram Yechury said the farmers should get their "rightful due" from the BJP-led state government. "Over 20,000 farmers from other parts of the state will join on Monday", he said, adding the farmers were also protesting against land acquisition for projects such as high-speed railway and super-highways.

Similar protests took place in Maharashtra previous year in June, as a result of which the CM Fadnavis-led government announced a conditional Rs 34,000 crore loan waiver, which farmers claim has not been implemented properly. Among other things, the farmers are demanding a complete waiver of loans, implementation of M.S. Swaminathan Commission recommendations (which ensures fair remuneration), waiver of power bills and transfer of forest lands.

The crowd of farmers walked six days from Nashik and timed it so that they reached Mumbai's Azad Maidan (grounds) in the early hours of Monday to avoid disrupting school exams and the daily commute of workers.

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The farmers chose to march overnight to reach Mumbai's Azad Maidan early today to avoid any inconvenience to the children sitting for their exam today.

Ashok Dhawale, president of the All India Kisan Sabha, said: "Our protests are not political. I want my loan waiver", Raotovar said. Medical education minister Girish Mahajan said, "We had first requested the farmers to end their march at Chunabhatti grounds and a delegation could come and meet the CM in Vidhan Bhavan". Many have fainted and required medical help along the way, but the government hasn't taken any notice of the protest march.

"The state government declared a loan waiver package, but 1,753 farmers have committed suicide since then because of its poor implementation. I only read about the protests in the newspapers", he said. "We are ready to discuss with the government but will not withdraw the protest".

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