Over 30000 Farmers March to Mumbai, India

Over 30000 Farmers March to Mumbai, India

Over 30000 Farmers March to Mumbai, India

The farmers, who have for the past six days been on a long-march from Nashik in north Maharashtra to Mumbai, made their way from Thane to Somaiya Grounds, north-central Mumbai, where they halted for the night.

The advisory was issued keeping in view the farmers' scheduled protest outside the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly on Monday.

Thackeray said the Shiv Sena stood "shoulder to shoulder" with farmers in their struggle.

Maharashtra Education Minister Vinod Tawde has tweeted, "In light of Kisan Long March, SSC students appearing for exams tomorrow are advised to ensure that they reach exam centres well beforehand to avoid delays". However, the farmers refused. However, Ajit Navale, leader of the Communist Party and convenor of the Kisan Sabha, which is spearheading the protest, is a tough nut to crack.

"The government should give us ownership of land because it's our right as tribal people", he said.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis today said that he will discuss the grievances of the farmers with a group of ministers and the representatives of the farmers.


Apart from the Opposition parties, the Shiv Sena, a partner in the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party-led coalition, has also vocally supported the agitation. Bharip Bahujan Mahasangh and RPI workers participated in the protest and welcomed the agitators at various places in Mumbai on Sunday. A timeline will be decided on the demands put forth by the farmers. Their ration cards have not been renewed and hence they do not get grains under the PDS.

In his Union budget speech in February, finance minister Arun Jaitley announced a remuneration price 1.5 times higher than MSP. During the last 25 years, more than four lakh farmers have committed suicide across India. "It is the farmers who voted for you in large numbers, not the industrialists", the agitating farmers had recently told BJP President Amit Shah. Bharati Vagere (45), who has been walking from Nashik said that the forest land belongs to them.

"Oicers are saying that we have encroached on forest land". We are unable to grow grains on it and are forced to do meagre manual works to feed our family.

One of the biggest morchas to have been undertaken by farmers has entered Mumbai on Sunday.

Farmers say the state has seen rapid growth but they have been left out.

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