Over 20000 farmers of Kisan Sabha take stir to Vidhan Bhavan

Over 20000 farmers of Kisan Sabha take stir to Vidhan Bhavan

Senior Shiv Sena leader and cabinet minister Eknath Shinde and Yuva Sena (Shiv Sena's youth wing) chief Aditya Thackeray also greeted the protesters in suburban Vikhroli.

Mumbai: Over 25000 farmers led by Akhil Bhartiya Kisan Sabha (ABKS), are marching towards Mumbai to block access to Mantralaya - the state legislature building, from Monday until their demands are met. But this government is taking an anti-farmer stand and siding with capitalist billionaires like Nirav Modi and Vijay Mallya. "We will not break our gherao in Mumbai unless our demands are fulfilled".

"We have set up a committee of ministers to hold discussions on their demands".

The police warned that citizens should brace for the traffic snarls as they could experience "some inconvenience" along the march route, especially considering that the Board exams for HSC, SSC, ICSE, and ISC are underway, TOI reported. "They have given us a time of 12 noon, and we will be at Vidhan Sabha at 12". They reached Mumbai's Azad Maidan at around 5 AM.

"The Chief Minister (Devendra Fadnavis) has sent me to meet you. If the police try to stop us, we will do a hunger strike at the spot we are stopped at".

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11am: More and more farmers arrive at Azad Maidan, the crowd gathered is swelling.

Raj Thackeray-led MNS has also jumped into the bandwagon. It has upped our morale.

The delegation of farmers said that they will meet CM around 2:00pm where they will lay out their demands. The BJP-led government had also rolled out a loan-waiver package costing Rs 34,200-crore to the exchequer. Just like the 30,000 farmers Samadhan Gave, 42, is also walking to Mumbai from Nashik. Around 100 farmers from Pangarbari village, Sukana taluka, Nashik, are performing the traditional Waghya Murali dance, a tribute to God Khandoba (a manifestation of Shiva) in Jejuri. The 50,000 farmers will remain assembled at the Azad Maidan.

"Even when the pink bollworm destroyed my cotton crop, government officials came and conducted a panchnama, but ultimately the revenue circle that my village belongs to was excluded from the villages where farmers were given compensation". "Our van has followed farmers from Thane". The 180-km "long march" of farmers and farm activists has already received support from all parties except the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), underlining broad concerns around the farm sector and the isolation of the BJP on the issue. Now, there are more people coming by morning trains from all over Maharashtra. Most important, they want an answer from the government on non-implementation of the promises that were made to them, said Navale, the state general secretary of the Kisan Sabha. "We demand that the GR be implemented today".

He had embarrassed the government in a similar fashion by calling an 11-day state-wide farmers' bandh last July.

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