Over 30000 Farmers March to Mumbai, India

by Garry Watts March 12, 2018, 3:28
Over 30000 Farmers March to Mumbai, India

The farmers, who are covering a stretch of 30 km every day, aim at gheraoing Maharashtra Vidhan Sabha in Mumbai on March 12.

President of Akhil Bhartiya Kisan Sabha, Ashok Dhavale was quoted in media reports as saying: "Farmers have been betrayed by the BJP-led government".

Huge Maharashtra's Famers' march started out from Nashik on Tuesday has finally reached Mumbai border today.

Meanwhile, as the farmers entered Mumbai, they were served by Mumbaikars with food and water on the roads of the city.

While over 45,000 farmers marched their way into South Mumbai to press their demands over complete loan waiver at the Vidhan Sabha on Monday, Shiv Sena's Aditya Thackeray met farmers of All India Kisan Sabha and interacted with them.

"Today, our number is over 35,000".

"We also want the state government to refrain from forceful acquisition of farm lands in the name of development projects like the super highway and the bullet train", AIKS secretary Raju Desle earlier said. "This government made tall promises but failed to fulfil them".

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35,000 protesting farmers under the red flag have crossed the Thane octroi naka as their march is headed towards Mumbai.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has called a meeting of officials on Monday to discuss issues plaguing farmers in Maharashtra. Most of your demands will be met. The protest has embarrassed the BJP-led state government, which claimed to take various measures to tackle farmers' crisis.

"The days of living on assurances have passed". Eknath Shinde, senior Shiv Sena leader and minister in the state cabinet, welcomed the march in Thane. Whereas, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena leader Raj Thackeray was expected to meet the farmers at 5 pm on Sunday. Sharad Pawar led NCP has also offered its support to farmers. On Monday morning, the agitating farmers will head towards Vidhan Bhavan in south Mumbai where the Budget session of the State Legislature is now on.

Meanwhile, Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena has extended support to the farmers" "long march' now underway against the BJP government. I have left all my work to join the protest as I have no money now.

As the march reached suburban Vikhroli, the phalanx of farmers - comprising both men and women - extended for nearly three kilometres.

The Mumbai Police have deployed 700 personnel on the roads to ensure smooth movement of traffic and peaceful march. "How can the government let billionaires like Nirav Modi and Vijay Mallya (another fugitive) have gala time at foreign shores and farmers suffer because of increasing debts?" asked a protesting farmer.

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