The Azad Maidan in South Mumbai turned into a sea of red this morning as thousands of farmers, carrying red flags, converged here after walking around 180 km from neighbouring Nashik district over the last six days.
The farmers planned to surround the Assembly complex to press for their demands of an unconditional loan waiver, and transfer of forest land to tribal farmers who have been tilling it for years.
The CPI(M)-affiliated All India Kisan Sabha is spearheading the protest.The Congress, the Shiv Sena and other parties have also lent their support to the farmers stir.
Fearing outbreak of Law and order BJP government in Maharastra has yielded to the demands of agitating Farmers.
“100% demands have been accepted by the government. The meeting, which was just under 3 hours, but we met the demands,” Maharashtra minister Girish Mahajan said.
“Farmers had another demand where the definition of family and accepting the loan waiver claim for either wife or husband was in question and that is also sorted out,” he said.
Fadnavis the CM was responding to a discussion in the Assembly, initiated by Leader of Opposition Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil, who lauded the farmers participating in the 'Kisan Long March' for their peaceful protest while demanding a complete loan waiver and compensation for hailstorm and pink bollworm pest attack on crops.
The agitation of farmers is due to the various facts that is inclusive of plentiful harvest in 2016 and imports drive some prices down 63%.
A shortage of cash because of demonetisation. Despite Rs 3.5 lakh crore–enough to build 545 Tehri-sized dams–invested over six decades to 2011, more than half of all farms depend on rains.
Agitating Indians who depend on farming–90 million families, or 54.6% of India’s 1.2 billion people.
As anger sweeps rural Madhya Pradesh after the death of six farmers in police firing, farm protests roil rural Maharashtra–wholesale markets are shut, produce is being dumped on streets–and governments of the debt-ridden states struggle to respond to demands for loan waivers.
However Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Poonam Mahajan claimed that the 'Kisan Long March' was propelled by urban Maoists.
Over 30,000 farmers and tribals have marched from Nashik to Mumbai to draw the BJP government's attention towards their problems.
Speaking to a TV channel, Mahajan alleged that Maoists were misguiding the farmers who have travelled 180 km on foot to Mumbai to press for their demands.
Congress President showered praises for Farmers and he tweeted " The mammoth #FarmersMarchToMumbai is a stunning example of people’s power. The Congress party stands with the Farmers & Tribals marching to protest against the Central & State Govts. apathy. I appeal to PM Modi and the CM to not stand on ego and to accept their just demands".