Farmers march to Mumbabi to lay siege to Maharashtra Vidhan Sabha

Also, the reports are coming that, Mumbai has been called off after the farmers reached an agreement with the Devendra Fadnavis government.

Minister Chandrakant Patil claimed the government had accepted the farmers' demands in writing after a delegation of farmers met government representatives. The farmers had gathered at Azad Maidan and had planned to gherao the state legislature committee.

"The land we till should be registered in our name,"It was the second major protest by farmers in less than a year and put pressure on the state government headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party, which has been facing angry farmers in several other states".


"We asked our men working between Dadar and Colaba to collect food and deliver it to our farmer brothers at the Azad Maidan", he said.

Adivasi cultivators are seeking transfer of lands they have been cultivating and implementation of the Forest Rights Act.

The MP from Mumbai North Central said it was the responsibility of the BJP-led Maharashtra government to sit with the protesters, who were being "captured" by Maoists, to solve their problems. The meeting to address the agrarian distress had followed a march by All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) - peasants front of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) - from Nashik to Mumbai.


Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said that the government was "sensitive and positive" towards the demands of farmers and tribes.

The group, which includes children, women and elderly, says the government has not implemented the loan waivers it promised past year. Apart from this they also wanted the state govt to provide a compensation of Rs 40,000 per acre for crops hit by hailstorm and pink bollworm.

Earlier, top political leaders including NCP President Sharad Pawar, Congress leader Ashok Chavan, Samajwadi Party leader Abu Asim Azmi, CPI-M General Secretary Sitaram Yechury and social crusader Anna Hazare attacked the government for ignoring the case of the farmers. Members include state water resources minister Girish Mahajan, the guardian minister for Nashik.


"The whole nation supports and salutes our farmers protest march for their democratic rights in the most disciplined manner". The protest rally, termed Kisan Long March, is one-of-its-kind as no protest in the recent past involving so many people has been carried out so peacefully garnering support from all corners, including citizens and a number of political parties.

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